On Saturday the Mercyhurst North East Women's Soccer team hosted Potomac State College of WV in a non-conference match-up. "This was a great opportunity for the girls. PSC was unbeaten at 6-0, furthermore, have yet to let up a goal this season before coming to us. It's nice to be able to have teams from out of state come here to play as it gives our girls some looks at other teams in the nation outside of our region", says Coach Hordych...
In first half action, the Saints did not allow PSC's accolades to get to them as they accepted the challenge of playing against a top-notch squad in PSC. It was in the 25th minute that Haley Schwindt beat a defender on the end line, serviced a nice chip into the box for an on running Megan McKinney who finished with a header, making the score 1-0. The score would hold until PSC found a break away before the end of the half, capitalized and tied the game at 1-1 going into halftime.
As the second half began, MNE kept the pressure on. Emily Griffith would eventually receive a ball from 25 yards out, take a touch and drill the ball upper 90 making it her third collegiate goal of the season and giving the Saints the 2-1 advantage. What was thought to be the game winner, was disrupted in the final 10 minutes of play, when a PSC attacker was taken down in the box, giving PSC a penalty kick. The taker beat goalkeeper Kym Braine with a solid strike, evening the game at 2-2, which would remain for the duration of regulation play.
In overtime, the Saints hung on, despite being outplayed in the first 10 minute sudden death overtime period. As the second OT period got under way, the Saints found some confidence and Harley Boyd found herself in a great scoring spot as she received a ball at the top of the 18, took a touch around a defender and drilled the game winner past the PSC keeper giving the Saints the 3-2.
With the win, the Saints move onto 6-1-1 and have not lost since their season opener on Augist 28th. Potomac State moved on to 6-1 on the season. The Saints are back in action on Tuesday as they host Penn State Beaver at 5:00 on Vineyard field.