By Eric Weiss
It was a tough week for the women’s soccer team, which dropped a 2-1 decision at St. Francis in overtime Friday and lost at Penn State 5-1 Wednesday.
Against St. Francis, Christa Matlack ’11 scored just five minutes into the game. This did not deter the Red Flash, who were able to equalize the score just 10 minutes later at 1-1.
Goalie Sandita McDermott ’13 finished with seven saves. Casey Crowley ’12 also cleared a ball that was resting on the line.
In overtime, Kelliann Doherty ’11 rocketed a shot wide of the goal. At the 3:08 mark in sudden death, St. Francis rocketed a shot into the upper right side. After a hard-fought battle, the Orange and Blue had to swallow a tough 2-1 loss.
In the first half of the Penn State game, the Bison were able to keep pace with the Big Ten powerhouse school. In the 24th minute Penn State jumped to a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Bison were unable to contain the Penn State attack as they scored three goals in 11 minutes. Matlack attempted to bring the Bison back into the game with a goal in the 70th minute.
The Nittany Lions sealed the game five minutes later as they scored their fifth goal of the game to bring the score to 5-1. “These games have really showed us where we need to grow as a team. I am confident that the lessons we learn will come forward during the rest of the season,” Doherty said.
“We are gearing up for the remainder of the season and we are certain that we will bring 100 percent to the rest of our games,” Jules Harris ’11 said.
The Bison will be in action next for two home games against Mt. St Mary’s and Cornell.