The Shawnee State women’s soccer program went up against the University of Maine at Kent on Friday afternoon in a match that resulted in 3-3 draw after two periods of overtime.
The first period of action was dominated by the Bengals of UMFK as they scored two goals. In the third minute, Sherifatu Sumaila would score on an unassisted tally as the Bengals took a one goal lead over the Bears. Just 30 minutes later, UMFK’s Natasha Merangoli took advantage of a run in the open field by scoring a goal, which improved the score to 2-0. The Bears managed five shots on goal in the first half but weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunities.
The second half saw the Bengals score yet another goal in the 66th minute as Sumaila scored her second goal of the game courtesy of an assist from teammate Madison Doucette, making the score 3-0. The Bears quickly fired back, scoring their first goal by way of a Jenny Campbell (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio) penalty kick after a foul by UMFK’s Ryane McDevitt. The comeback continued as Shawnee State scored two goals in the 73rd minute by way of back-to-back stellar kicks from Charity Collins (SO/Ashland, Kentucky) and Maddie Woodard (SR/Camden, Ohio) to tie the game at three apiece.
The two teams fought hard past 90 minutes and the first overtime saw chances to win the game for both teams. UMFK managed two shots, with one going wide right and the other being rejected behind an incredible save from SSU’s Michaela Garner (JR/Heath, Ohio). Maddie Woodard managed a shot for the Bears but was rejected by Bengals’ keeper Valentina Green.
In the second overtime, the intensity peaked as both teams managed two shots on goal but neither were able to win the game. Shawnee State looked to have a chance to win it in the last 15 seconds after a corner kick from Jenny Campbell was shot in by Maddie Woodard but was saved by the keeper.
After the draw, the Bears moved to 1-0-1 on the season. Maine-Fort Kent started the year 0-0-1.
On Sunday, however, Shawnee State left no doubt as to how the contest would be played, as the Bears hammed Rochester College by a 3-0 tally to move to 2-0-1 during the 2017 campaign.
The first half was played evenly as Shawnee State and Rochester played to a 0-0 halftime draw. SSU’s best chance of the first half came in the 30th minute when Destiny Chester (SO/Canal Winchester, Ohio) got sight of goal, only for her shot to be blocked by Brenna Bianchi.
SSU finally obtained a breakthrough goal in the second half. A promising attack led to a corner in the 69th minute, where Olivia Ball’s (SO/Greenup, Kentucky) delivery perfectly met the head of Charity Collins (SO/Ashland, Kentucky), who headed home from six yards to give Shawnee State a 1-0 lead.
Shawnee State doubled its advantage in the 77th minute. A clearance by Adrianna Johnson (JR/Clarksville, Ohio) allowed Johnson to find Maddie Woodard (SR/Camden, Ohio) bursting through the Rochester back line. Woodard then ran with the ball at her feet to the right side of the goalkeeper’s box before slotting past Cali Clemens to get SSU’s second tally of the game.
The Bears would add a third just over a minute later. Ball was again involved, slotting a pass into the awaiting feet of Chester, who finished coolly to seal the win for the Bears.
The win extends Shawnee State’s unbeaten run to start the year to three games. Rochester fell to 1-3-0 with the loss.
Shawnee State is back in action on Tuesday evening when the Bears take on Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio). Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
SSU goes 1-3 in Emileigh Cooper Memorial Tournament
Even though the Shawnee State volleyball program was able to earn a split on the first day of the Emileigh Cooper Memorial Tournament, it wasn’t enough to create further momentum as the Bears dropped each of its last two contests of the tournament to fall to 1-3.
On Friday, SSU dropped the first match to Mount Vernon Nazarene, falling 3-1 to the Cougars. Mount Vernon Nazarene narrowly led most of the way through in the first two sets, using superior play at the nets to take a 2-0 match lead. The Cougars had eight blocks in the first two sets, keeping Shawnee State’s attack off-balance.
Shawnee State captured the third set, 25-20, behind good defense. SSU had four blocks in the set, to go along with 18 digs, including a set-high seven from Stacia Martin (SR/Indianapolis, Indiana). Carson Roney (SO/Waverly, Ohio) was dominant in the third set, getting seven kills.
Shawnee State hopped out to an early set four lead but collapsed down the stretch to the disciplined Cougar attack, falling 25-14. Four kills apiece from Kelsey Bryte and Katelyn Dufur were enough to see of the Bears and end the match.
Carson Roney led the Bears’ attack, racking up 15 kills and adding five blocks. Emily McKibben (FR/Williamsburg, Ohio) added 12 and Christina Shelton (SR/Blue Creek, Ohio) had 10. Deanna Smith (SR/Riverview, MI) had 38 assists, and Brianna Wiget (SR/Piketon, Ohio) lead the team with 16 digs.
Shawnee State split the first day by defeating rivals Rio Grande 3-0. The Bears led the whole way in set one, winning 25-20 behind six kills from Christina Shelton.
The second set was a back-and-forth set, with Shawnee State ultimately rallying to win in extra points 27-25. Carson Roney was the leader in set number two, getting seven kills. Brianna Wiget would end the set with an ace to put SSU up 2-0.
Set three was all Shawnee State as the Bears took an early lead and never looked back, winning 25-14. A 6-0 run capped by a Roney kill gave SSU plenty of breathing room as the Bears won the set and the match.
Roney again led the attack for Shawnee State, getting 17 kills with Shelton adding 11. Deanna Smith had 42 assists, and Wiget again led in digs with 10.
On Sunday, the Bears lost to the University of Northwestern Ohio and Point Park (Pa.) in straight sets to cap off the tournament.
The Bears trailed the Pioneers the whole way in set one as Point Park built a big early lead to take the set 25-12. Shawnee State would not recover from the set one blowout, falling 25-19 in set two and 25-17 in set three.
Christina Shelton (SR/Blue Creek, Ohio) led Shawnee State in kills with nine for the match, with Carson Roney (SO/Waverly, Ohio) adding eight. Deanna Smith (SR/Riverview, MI) had 23 assists and Brianna Wiget (SR/Piketon, Ohio) added 12 digs.
Game two was closer as Shawnee State pushed Northwestern Ohio, but the Racers would also sweep the Bears 3-0. SSU would trail most of set one en route to a 25-21 loss, but traded points in sets two and three before falling late in both, 25-22 and 26-24. Northwestern Ohio had 15 aces on the Bears to make the difference.
Tyanna Smith (JR/Bowling Green, Ohio) led Shawnee State in kills against UNOH, getting 10. Christina Shelton added nine and Emily McKibben (FR/Williamsburg, Ohio) had eight. Deanna Smith had 31 assists and Brianna Wiget had a season-high 22 digs.
As a result of the tournament, SSU now sits with a 4-4 overall record. The Bears will return to action on Friday and Saturday, when Shawnee State hosts Union (Ky.) and Point Park, respectively in the Shawnee State Fall Classic.
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