The No. 1-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team stayed unbeaten after picking up two wins over No. 2 West Chester and No. 5 Kutztown University this week.
SU (10-0, 5-0 PSAC) got the first win over West Chester on Tuesday in a 4-0 shutout behind goals from seniors Jenna Sluymer and Jazmin Petrantonio, and the first collegiate goal from freshman Tess Jedeloo.
The Raiders controlled the first half of the game, not allowing the Golden Rams to attempt a shot. At halftime SU led 1-0 thanks to a Sluymer score in the first quarter after a penalty corner taken by graduate Caitlyn Wink.
The third quarter saw Shippensburg score two more goals to extend their lead to 3-0. A restart and pass from senior Adrienne McGarrigle to Petrantonio at the top of the arc led to the first of those goals being scored. The second goal was tapped in by Jedeloo after a penalty shot by Petrantonio.
The Raiders did not let up in the fourth quarter, totaling seven shots on goal and getting another goal from Sluymer after a Golden Ram deflected in her shot.
SU had 14 shots on goal and 13 penalty corners in the game, compared to WCU’s two shots on goal and four penalty corners.
This was just the fourth time in the last 40 years that Shippensburg has shut out West Chester and equaled their largest margin of victory over the Golden Rams in modern history.
On Saturday, the Raiders traveled to Kutztown to take on the No. 5-ranked Golden Bears and picked up a 2-1 victory in overtime.
Three minutes into the contest, SU got out in front with a tip-in goal from Sluymer that was entered by graduate Anna Gruber.
The score would stay at 1-0 all the way until there was just 1:08 remaining in the contest, when KU knotted the game at one and sent it into overtime.
Three minutes into the overtime period Sluymer scored again off an assist from Petrantonio, giving Shippensburg the victory.
Kutztown goalkeeper Katie Dotterweich had 13 saves in net play for the Golden Bears. The Raiders finished with a 16-5 shots on goal advantage.
This was the third straight game that these two teams have gone into overtime at Kutztown.
Seniors Sluymer and Petrantonio sit at Nos. 1 and 2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in shots, goals, shots on goal, game-winning goals and points this season.
The dynamic duo and the rest of the No. 1 ranked Raiders team will return to the field on Tuesday at home to take on Millersville University at 4 p.m.