Shippensburg University´s men´s soccer team won a lightning-shortened match against Thomas Jefferson University at home on Saturday afternoon 1-0. The contest at David See Field was called for lightning in the 74th minute.
The Raiders had a strong start in the game, forcing the Rams’ goalkeeper to intercept the ball for the first time after two minutes. In the first 11 minutes, the Raiders earned three corners but were unable to score off them.
After the Raiders had a good chance with a header that went above the goal in the 29th minute, they had their best chance of the first half in the next minute. Sophomore Darius Bamfo intercepted a miskick from Jefferson and was alone in front of the goalkeeper, but a last-second sliding tackle from a Rams defender deflected the shot wide.
For the rest of the first half Jefferson was more present with a few chances and forced Shippensburg to two fouls, which resulted in yellow cards for Spencer Siverling and Andrew Versis. The game was tied 0-0 at halftime.
Jefferson continued to play with pressure in the first minutes of the second half but failed to score.
Instead, SU scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute. Senior Nathan Weldon hit a stunning bicycle kick after a corner from junior Ashton Davies.
The game continued for another 20 minutes with chances for both teams before it was halted due to a weather delay. Eventually, the game was called, and the Raiders won their second game of the season.
SU now has a 2-0-0 record.
On Wednesday, Shippensburg will open the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division play against Millersville with another home game on David See Field at 4 p.m.