The Shippensburg University women’s soccer team dropped its final contest of the season, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup with Slippery Rock University on Saturday afternoon at David See Field by the final score of 3-0.
Shippensburg (6-11-1, 5-11 PSAC) fell behind early to Slippery Rock (10-5-2, 10-4-2 PSAC) and could never catch up.
The scoring began around five minutes into the first half when Slippery Rock’s Kaitlyn Barackman netted a goal, her fourth of the season, from 20 yards out.
Slippery Rock added two more goals early in the first half before Shippensburg made a change at goalkeeper. Senior Kayla Kennedy began the day in net for the Raiders and made two saves before being replaced by freshman Delaney Shifflett.
The Raiders struggled to get anything going on offense, totaling only six shots, with four of them being on goal. Slippery Rock used its heavy advantage in shots, 26-6, and shots on goal, 14-4, to help it to its 10th win of the season.
Saturday afternoon’s contest occurred on senior day for the Shippensburg women’s soccer team. Seniors Bailey Bzdak, Kat Hartner, Kayla Kennedy, Mallory Patterson, Sofia Perzan and Anna Snee were all honored before the game.
Bzdak scored eight goals in her career for the Raiders, including two this season. Hartner was a consistent starter in the squad, even in her freshman season. She racked up six goals and 10 assists in her four years at SU.
Kennedy is SU’s record holder in goals against average, earning a 0.54 average in her freshman year. She only allowed nine goals in more than 1,500 minutes in net. She became a staple in the Raider squad every year since, even though she was given a smaller role, and has been solid each season.
Patterson had five goals and six assists in four solid seasons at SU, in which she appeared in almost every game. She became a regular starter and was a rock in the midfield.
Perzan was plagued by injuries in the early part of her time at SU, which sidelined her for her sophomore season. She made her first appearance for the squad last season. Perzan scored her first collegiate goal this season against the California University of Pennsylvania in a 7-0 win earlier in October.
Snee started every game in the past two seasons for the Raiders and contributed on defense to several team shutouts. Her first year at SU was her redshirt year before becoming more involved as a reserve the following season. Snee then became an integral part of the Raider defense.
SU fell short of its ultimate goal of earning a spot in the PSAC playoffs, but will be looking to improve next season while replacing a strong senior class.