The Shippensburg women’s soccer team enters the gauntlet of its schedule this week against formidable foes West Chester University and Millersville University. These two PSAC East games will prove to be critical if the Raiders have any shot at making a run at the PSAC playoffs at the end of the season.
Two players to watch on this team are Kylee Bricker and Ashley Vellucci. Both are stars on opposite sides of the ball and both give SU a shot to win game in and game out.
Coming into her junior year with the women’s soccer team, Bricker has had plenty of playing minutes on the field so far this season. She has played a key part in the Raiders defense in her three years with the team. So, look for her to continue her solid defensive play throughout the rest of the 2012 season. Bricker brings speed and quickness to the position and while she remains a stalwart on the defensive side of the ball, she is also the catalyst to many offensive chances. Bricker will look to pick up where she left off tomorrow against West Chester University at 7:30 p.m.
Vellucci is one of the Raiders’ main offensive threats, and she has proven that since her freshman year. In her debut season, she played in 18 of 19 games, scored two goals, contributed points in five different games, and scored a goal in the season-opening game against the University of Charleston.
She scored another goal against Millersville University, provided assists against Slippery Rock University, and recorded six shots on goal in two games against Davis and Elkins College and Mansfield University.
In 2011, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. So far in the 2012 season, she is continuing on with her reputation as a valuable asset to the SU women’s team, scoring one goal, two points, and 18 shots. She has also recorded six shots on goal. So, with only seven games played, look for Vellucci to build on those numbers and to have another good year.