The Shippensburg University women’s soccer team was defeated by Kutztown University, 2-1 in a double-overtime contest Wednesday, Sept 21.
The Raiders, playing its first game in over five days, looked well rested and very efficient in the early minutes of the matchup. After just a little over seven minutes of play, junior Bailey Bzdak gave the Raiders an early 1–0 lead by slipping the ball into the lower left corner of the net.
This goal was just one of the many shots Shippensburg took in the first ten minutes of the game. By the half, the Raiders were still holding on to its 1–0 lead, and had put up some lopsided stats including: a 5–0 advantage in corner kicks and out-shooting Kutztown 14–7.
The second half was a different story. Kutztown came out of the break with a strong offensive attack of its own and were able to bombard the Raiders defense with 12 shots on goal. One of these many relentless shots got by and tied the game about halfway through the second period.
In overtime, Kutztown continued to attack the goal until it finally won the game in the early minutes of the second overtime period. Shippensburg had no shot attempts in either overtime period and had to rely on junior goal keeper Leah Roy to keep extending the game with each save.
Despite giving up two goals, Roy had a career day in the net, racking up 14 saves in the extended contest. Roy denied many of Kutztown’s shots, with three of her saves coming in overtime. Roy’s defensive performance marked the team’s highest single-game save total since 2012.
The Raiders move to 5–3 (3–3 PSAC) on the year after the loss, snapping a three game win streak.