Oct. 9, 2010

Courtesy of C.W. Post Athletics

Junior forward Kristina Taylor (Long Pond, Pa.) put in the game winning goal, her second of the game, with 14:22 left in the second half to give #1 Shippensburg the win over #6 C.W. Post. The final score of the game was 2-1.

The Shippensburg Red Raiders opened up the scoring less than three minutes into the game when Taylor notched the first goal of the game, her seventh on the season. Taylor scored the goal from the left side of the net after receiving a pass from freshman forward Bre White (Hummelstown, Pa.). The Red Raiders would take three more shots to begin the game before the Pioneers could get off one shot.

C.W. Post would start to battle back though. With 19:57 left in the first half, senior forward Amanda Nann (Hamburg, N.J.) would line up for a penalty stroke against Shippensburgs substitution goalie, freshman Carenna Neely (Lancaster, Pa.). Neely came in for this one sequence, spelling starting goalie, sophomore Ciarra Delost (Pasadena, Md.). Nann would send the stroke wide left, unable to capitalize.

The Pioneers would quickly rebound however, tying the game up at the 17:12 mark with an unassisted goal by junior forward Kathryn Godshalk (Hilton, N.Y.). Godshalk took a deflected ball 12 yards outside the net, putting the shot into the bottom left of the goal. This was Godshalks first goal on the season.

Senior goalkeeper Cortney Colern (Barker, N.Y.) would come up big time after time for the Pioneers throughout the game. The biggest time could have possibly been during a 2-on-1 fast break the Red Raiders put on with five minutes left in the first half. White took a shot from the left of the goal after receiving a pass from a teammate that seemed destined to enter the net for a goal. However, Colern would make a phenomenal kick save to preserve the 1-1 tie.

Colern would again come up huge, this time with only two minutes left in the half. Shippensburgs Taylor went bidding for her second goal of the game to help give the Red Raiders the lead, however Colern would keep the game tied with another save. The Pioneer goalie would go on to seven saves in the half and would end the game with a total of 11.

At halftime, the score would stand at 1-1. Shippensburg would have the advantage in shots at the half with a 11-5 edge. The Red Raiders also held the edge in penalty corners 6-3.

The Red Raiders goalie would also make some big stops for her team, as the Pioneers pushed to take the lead. With 26 minutes left in the second half, Delost would turn away back to back shots by Pioneers attackers. Nann was the first to be denied of a goal, as would freshman forward Sabrina Pryor (South Setauket, N.Y.) as she tried to put in the rebound shot.

Both teams would both go back and forth, trying to catch a break and put a goal on the
board. Shippensburg would fall into that break when Taylor would put in her second goal of the game, eighth on the year, with 14:22 left on the clock. Taylor took a shot from out in front of the net that would be deflected twice, bouncing into the net off a Pioneer defender. This would prove to be the game winner, giving the #1 Red Raiders a hard fought win over the #6 Pioneers.

C.W. Post field hockey will be back in action in a home game this Monday, Oct. 11 against Millersville University. The game is set for 4 p.m. on Hickox Field.