The Shippensburg University (SU) women´s soccer team fought to get their first win in their sixth game of the season at David See Field on Saturday afternoon.
After their match against Shepherd University ended in a 1-1 tie on Wednesday, they bounced back and got their first win of the season against East Stroudsburg University (ESU) 1-0.
Senior Lauren Ocker scored the game-winning goal with a header after a freekick in the 63rd minute. Sophomore Olivia Stephen assisted the goal with her freekick from the top of the box.
Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Molyneaux made six saves in the game, including a few important ones in the second half to secure the lead.
Senior Skylar Lambert had two shots on the goal, while ESU totaled six shots on the Raiders´ goal.
In a post-game interview, Head Coach Rob Fulton said he felt “a sense of relief.” He added: “It was a big win, because it kind of puts us back in the playoff chase, and if we do not get this one, we lose more ground. We are certainly well within the playoff chase now and hopefully it sets us up as we move forward to the next part of the season.”
Asked about their match against Lock Haven University next week, Fulton said: “It is a night game, and it is a tough place to play, but if we compete and we figure out what we need to do there, then hopefully we can have some more success.”
On Wednesday, the Raiders played Shepherd. They took the lead in the first half with a goal by Lambert. Late into the second half, Shepherd scored a goal off a penalty kick and tied the game to 1-1 two seconds before the end. Goalkeeper Molyneaux had nine saves in the game.
SU women´s soccer will look to extend their winning streak against Lock Haven University on the road next Wednesday.