By Nick Forbes, Managing Editor of Design
The Susquehanna University women’s soccer team defeated Catholic University 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 23, bringing their winning streak to six in a row.
The loss was only the second of the year for the Cardinals, and the eighth win of the year for Susquehanna.
The River Hawks fell behind early in the first half, as Catholic found the back of the net only 12 minutes in.
The lead was short lived for the Cardinals, as senior midfielder Grayclynn Juckes took the restart ball down the right side of the field and drilled the ball past Catholic goalkeeper Christina Peyroux to tie the game 1-1.
Senior forward Alyssa Bolger tacked on the eventual game-winning goal in the 24th minute with a left-footed shot after beating a Catholic defender with a lethal dribble move.
Susquehanna fell back on defense in the second half, locking down the Cardinals’ offensive machine.
The win comes despite being out shot by Catholic 19- 8, and having two less corner kicks than the Cardinals.
Senior goalkeeper Julia Tolin was credited with the win and four saves.
The River Hawks win streak came to an end on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in a 1-0 shutout loss to Lebanon Valley College.
The Dutchmen dashed Susquehanna’s undefeated season hopes in the 62nd minute, when Lebanon Valley forward Teanna Shutt rocketed a shot past senior goal- keeper Jennifer Thorsheim.
Thorsheim, who replaced starting goalkeeper Tolin at half, was credited with one save in the game.
Tolin recorded two saves before being replaced.
Susquehanna was managed seven shots in the game, while Lebanon Valley finished with 11. Lebanon Valley goalkeeper Emma Strickler recorded three saves in the shutout win.
After the loss, the River Hawks find themselves at 8-1-1 with an upcoming battle against conference opponent Goucher. Susquehanna is already 1-0-0 in Landmark Conference play.
Last season, Susqehanna handled the Gophers easily, defeating them 3-0 on their home turf.
This season, the Gophers boast a winning record of 4-3-2 and have managed to put points on the board. Most notably was a 5-1 thrashing of Neumann University.
The River Hawks will take on the Gophers on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m.