The Shippensburg University women’s soccer team (7-10-1, 5-10-1 PSAC) finished the season on a sour note, falling to longtime rival Slippery Rock University (12-4-2, 10-4-2 PSAC) 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
After taking down Jefferson University 2–0 three days earlier in their final home contest of the season, the Raiders were only able to manage three shots on goal during the matchup while Slippery Rock did not fare much better, with only five shots on goal. The only score of the matchup came 5:47 into the first period as The Rock’s Jordyn Minda scored from 40 yards out.
SU came close to capturing an equalizer, as senior defender Mariah Varner hit the post with less than four minutes remaining. Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Shifflett was solid in net once again, only allowing the one goal while making four saves.
Junior forward Izzy Weigel and freshman midfielders Allie Christman and K.K. O’Donnell all had two shots and one on goal for the match.
After a strong run to start the season, the Raiders petered out near the midpoint of the season and could not get on track offensively. The defense was solid the majority of the season. After scoring 13 goals in its first six games, SU could only muster 11 the rest of the year.
This was the final game for SU’s senior class of Lexi Albert, Chloe Flemion, Lauren Krenzke, Beth McGee, Kiersten Priest, Varner and Keegan White. The group combined for 344 career appearances for SU on the field.
They took part in 34 victories while totaling 11 goals and 19 assists.
Recruiting will be key during the offseason to fill the holes left on the squad by the departure of so many centerpieces on the team.