On Sunday, the women's soccer team traveled to Pittsburgh to play against Point Park JV at Highmark Stadium, the home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. "This was a really nice experience for our squad playing on a professional soccer field. The view, the stadium, the pitch, the play, everything was pretty impressive," says Head Coach Jacob Hordych. Early on in the game, Point Park possed the ball and had a couple early chances, but didn't connect. Once the Saints settled in it turned into two evenly matched sides playing hard. It was Emily Griffith for the Saints who would get the first goal as she received a square pass from Deja Dixon and rocketed a shot from outside the 18 yard box past Point Park keeper for the 1-0 lead. The score would remain 1-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, the Saints got off to a rocky start allowing numerous scoring chances for Point Park but once again settled into the game. It was in the 60th minute when Jazmyn Szymczak found herself with a clear look at the goal after having a perfectly placed through ball from Jaida Dixon for the finish, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Saints. The score would remain until the final seconds of the game when Point Park had a direct free kick outside the 18 and placed the shot in the right upper 90 for Point Parks lone goal of the game. The final ended 2-1.
"This was a great day for us. Getting to play against an NAIA JV team was good experience. We played well, and except for some minor injuries, it was a fantastic day and weekend for us," says Coach Hordych.
The Saints moved to 4-1-0 on the season and are back in action on Wednesday as they take on local WNYAC opponent Jamestown Community College.