A soaked David See Field was the site of the afternoon’s soccer game between Shippensburg University and Point Park University. The Raiders pulled out an impressive 2–0 victory behind excellent goaltending by Clay Sale.
Sale tallied three saves and recorded his first shutout of the 2013 campaign.
The game-winning goal came in the 60th minute by freshman Jeff Ballard. The goal was Ballard’s first in a Raider uniform.
Ballard provided the assist from the right side of the goal that led to an insurance goal in the 74th minute of play by junior Derrick Roy, his second goal of the season.
With the victory, the Raiders improved their overall record to 3-1-1.
The Raiders out-shot Point Park 18 to 13, but the Pioneers led in corner kicks nine to five.
The Raiders return to action on Friday when they travel to Erie to take on Mercyhurst at 4:30 p.m.
The matchup will be the Raiders first PSAC matchup in the 2013 year. The match is crucial because SU is one of only two teams to not have played a PSAC match so far this season.
Mercyhurst will not be an easy challenge for the Raiders as it is currently 2–0 in PSAC conference play, defeating West Chester University and East Stroudsburg, respectively.
One of the Lakers’ keys to their success is junior midfielder Fernando Martinez who has registered seven goals in just six games so far this season.
The Raiders will need to keep Martinez in check if they want to walk away with a victory.
A win on Friday can set the tone and show that SU can be a real contender in the PSAC division this year.