On Thursday, the women's soccer team traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to play against NAIA Point Park's Reserve squad. The match was held at Highmark Stadium.
From the first whistle, the game proved to be very evenly matched as both teams found some early opportunities but both goalkeepers came up big. It wasn't until the 25th minute mark when the Saints found a strong scoring opportunity when Taylor Zachar sent a diagonal ball to an on running Maggie Pourrajabi who was taken out from behind in the box and awarded a penalty kick. The Saints however couldn't put it away as the shot missed the top cross bar by inches.
Just before halftime, the Saints had a throw in near their attacking 3rd, when Sammie Weinheimer took the long throw and placed the ball right by the keeper and after a couple mis-clearences and a flick of a head, the Saints got on the board as the ball went skipping into the back of the net, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
As the second half got underway, the Saints would keep the pressure on forcing the Point Park GK to make some difficult saves. The Saints would also hit the cross bar in the final 5 minutes of play, but just could not find a second goal. As the clock struck zero, the Saints held on for the 1-0 win. "I was happy to get the win tonight," says head coach Jacob Hordych. "Last year when we played at Highmark, we won 2-1 and proceeded to go on a 7 game win streak. The girls have a similar opportunity this year if they continue to improve and play better as a team each game".
Jordan Turzak recorded 7 saves in goal for the Saints and also recorded her first career collegiate shut-out.
With the win, the Saints move to 1-3-0 on the year and are back in action on Wednesday 9/14 when they host local rival Jamestown Community College.