The Raiders looked to keep the ball rolling after their dramatic 1–0 double overtime victory last Wednesday when they took on West Chester University Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, Shippensburg University fell 2–0, despite eight saves from SU goalie Shelbie Rackley.
The Raiders mustered just three shots on goal, compared to the Golden Rams’ 10 in Tuesday’s tough PSAC loss.
Two of the Raiders shots came early in the game, the first by senior Ashley Vellucci. Vellucci’s shot was immediately followed by a shot from SU junior Kate Zech.
Both goals were saved by Golden Ram goalkeeper Alex Srolis.
Srolis had a stellar game for WCU, recording three saves in her fifth -traight shutout.
The Golden Rams notched their first goal of the game 24 minutes, 24 seconds into the first half when Ashley Saylor redirected a header into the back of the net, sending WCU up 1-0.
The Raiders had two key opportunities right before the half when they took back-to-back corner kicks, both of which were unsuccessful.
SU went into halftime trailing 1–0.
The game was back-and-forth the entire second half until Saylor struck again for the Golden Rams.
Saylor sent a shot toward the net that knocked off the cross bar and was gathered by her teammate, Lexi Brown. Brown passed the ball back to Saylor who found the back of the net for her second goal of the game and her third on the season, increasing WCU’s lead to 2–0.
SU was unable to overcome the deficit and dropped its fourth match of the season, sending its record to 6–4 overall and 5–4 in conference play.
The Raiders will try to regain focus when they take on East Stroudsburg University on Oct. 12 at Robb Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.