The Shippensburg University women’s soccer team began Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play on Wednesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Shepherd University at David See Field.
Shippensburg (3-1-0, 1-1-0 PSAC) pushed the tempo against Shepherd for most of the match and its pace helped it finish with a 22-13 advantage in total shots.
Sophomore Allie Christman scored an uncontested goal 17 minutes in at point-blank range to open up the scoring for SU, assisted by junior Mara Bowman. It was Christman’s first goal of the season and only the third of her collegiate career.
Shepherd answered back 13 minutes later as Emma Bernardoni sailed a free kick toward the goal and the ball deflected off the head of a Red Raider defender into the net.
The Raiders came out in the second half playing at a frantic pace, repeatedly blitzing the Rams goal. Shepherd goalkeeper Meghan Byers made several point-blank saves to keep the score at one point apiece.
In the 67th minute sophomore K.K. O’Donnell curved a corner kick into the net, tallying her first goal of the season and giving Shippensburg a one-point lead which proved to be the difference.
Junior goalkeeper Delaney Shifflett marked a season high seven saves in the victory for the Raiders.
Then, SU’s first loss of the season came Saturday afternoon in a tight road game against PSAC rival Lock Haven University.
SU totaled 12 shots and six corners in the match and even led in shots 7-5 in the final 45 minutes. Senior Izzy Weigel led the way with two shots on goal and four total.
LHU scored the game’s lone goal in the 31st minute with Gabbriele Edinger netting a pass from Taylor Moritz.
Shifflett had another standout performance with six saves in the contest.
Shippensburg will be back in action Wednesday night at home hosting Bloomsburg University in PSAC play.