The Shippensburg University men’s soccer team punched its ticket to the PSAC playoffs with a 2–1 victory over Seton Hill University Saturday evening on Senior Day at David See Field.
The Raiders opened up the scoring in the 27th minute when freshman Colin McConnell scored an unassisted goal for the Raiders.
The goal was McConnell’s second of the season.
McConnell’s goal was the only score in the first half as the Raiders took a 1–0 lead into halftime.
The second half of play was a back-and-forth battle as both teams were getting shots off but the goalies held their ground.
Senior Clay Sale continued to perform at a high level in goal for the Raiders, recording seven saves in the game.
The only goal Sale allowed in the game occurred in the 83rd minute when Griffin Jack Wardale equalized the game for the Griffin’s.
Wardale dribbled the ball into the box and fired a shot that made it past Sale, tying the game at 1–1 in the 82nd minute of play.
The tie did not last for long. Less than a minute later SU’s Derrick Roy scored a double-assisted goal from Jonathan DeNicola and Derrick Adams for the golden goal.
With the score, Roy has a team-leading four game-winning goals and a total of 10 goals on the season, the most on the team.
The 10 goals for Roy is the third most in the PSAC and is the first time since 2010 that a Raider has had double-digit goals in one season.
With the victory SU is now 9–5–1 on the season and 6–3 in PSAC play.
The Raiders now have 18 conference points, which is tied for fourth in the PSAC standings.
SU now travels to California University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday to face off against the Vulcans.
The Vulcans have had their ups-and-downs so far this season but are a team that can contend in the PSAC division.
The Raiders will need to be focused and ready to play when they take on the Vulcans.
The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.