On Thursday, Sept. 1, California University of Pennsylvania sent its women’s soccer team to David See Field to take on Shippensburg University in the 2016 home opener for the Raiders.
The Raiders opened the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game with a solid defensive performance that remained consistent throughout the contest. The Raiders shut out the California University Vulcans 2-0. SU dominated both halves, tallying a goal in each.
The SU women’s soccer team only allowed one shot on goal in the second half against California University. The victory over the Vulcans for the Raiders marked the first time SU defeated California University since the 2009 season.
In the first half, sophomore forward Tori Mills ripped a shot into, scoring just before halftime with an assist from freshman midfielder Paige Harris.
A high-pace defensive battle ensued as SU attempted to hold onto its lead.
Near the completion of the second half, SU’s senior defender Stephanie Allshouse aimed a corner kick perfectly to junior forward Kat Hartner for a goal.
The goal by Hartner sealed the Raider’s victory and began the 2016 campaign with a win.
Junior goalkeeper Leah Roy recorded two clutch saves in net en route to her sixth career shutout.
SU v. East Stroudsburg University
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Shippensburg University women’s soccer team traveled to East Stroudsburg University (ESU). The Raiders fell to ESU 2-1 in a tight PSAC battle.
ESU was first to strike with a goal coming in the sixth minute from Hannah Gombos.
An offensive barrage took place after ESU’s first goal with a close shot from senior forward Sharon Juarez that bounced off the top crossbar. Within the next couple minutes, sophomore forward Tori Mills scored the game-tying goal, with the assist coming from sophomore Anna Snee. For Mills, she is two for two, recording her second goal of the season with the game-tier.
The lone goal scored by SU was answered without hesitation with a powerful goal by ESU’s Amy Strauser and assisted by Shea Neal.
The game had high intensity with no goals being scored in the second half by either team, forcing the defenses to pick it up.
ESU totaled 12 shots, while SU totaled eight shots with junior goalkeeper Leah Roy recording five saves throughout the contest.
The SU women’s soccer team will resume action on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. against Chestnut Hill University at David See Field at Shippensburg University.