Young players stepped up as the Tartan women?s soccer team was led offensively by underclassmen in their second victory of their season on Wednesday against Grove City. The Tartans dominated on both sides of the ball and cruised to a 3?0 shutout win.
Sophomore Kasey Stever was first to put points on the scoreboard, and set the tone of the game with her unassisted goal. This was followed by another goal by senior Margaret Beck, assisted by sophomore Amanda Rose, both of whom are defenders on the team.
A third goal was scored just before the end of the first half by first-year Abigail Coffin, also unassisted. All of this in a period where the Tartans? defenders allowed no shots on goal and barely allowed Grove City near their end of the field.
?One thing our team has been working on a lot this year is shooting and creating scoring opportunities. I feel like we did really good job of this in our game, considering that we out-shot [Grove City] 29?2,? said Stever after the game.
After a productive first half, Tartan fans, coaches, and players alike were excited about their lead and were eager to maintain it. ?Our team completely dominated the field for the entire game; the ball never got back into our defensive end,? first-year goalie Christie Adams recalled. Adams? memory served her well ? she didn?t have to stop a shot through all 90 minutes of play.
Although the second half had no scoring, it was no less exciting as the Tartan women worked to keep their lead, continuing their stifling defense to secure the win. After the game, all of the players were satisfied with their hot start. ?We did a good job controlling the game and maintaining possession. I?m happy with our results,? said Beck.
The Tartan women were on the field again this Saturday, September 10 in a home match against Washington and Jefferson. The team continued its stingy defense in a 5?0 shutout against the Presidents to improve to 3?0. Sophomores Jessica Howard and Erica LeCount scored the first two goals of the game for the Tartans, who didn?t look back after that. Seniors Hallie Dumont and Vanessa McClain also scored, along with Coffin.
Again, the Tartans? defense, led by senior Mollie Salpeter, completely stifled defenders. This game, their opponents failed to muster a shot on goal, leading to goalie Adams? third straight shutout.
The team will return to action to host Penn State?Behrend on the turf at Gesling Stadium Tuesday at 7:30 pm. They will then travel to Ohio to play Wooster in a non-division match on September 17.