Sarah Koehler scored three goals and Shawnee State's women's soccer team earned its second AMC win of the season, the most in school history, with a 5-1 victory over Rio Grande on Wednesday at Valley High School.
The win put the Bears back into second place in the conference.
Shawnee State keeper Sam Rolsen needed to make only three saves, a testament to his team's defense, coach Rob Appell said.
“We held them to only four shots on goal,” he said. “The one breakaway was the only threat. We were able to maintain a lot of position in the midfield, something we haven't been able to do the last few games. Obviously Sarah did her thing. Three goals and an assist, you can't ask for much more.”
Shawnee State had been 0-2-1 in its last three games, so getting a conference win was a good pick-me-up.
“It was big,” Appell said. “It was something we talked about before the game. We wanted to get out of the slump we were in because we have two really tough conference games coming up in Tiffin and Cedarville. We wanted to have confidence going into those matches. This game meant a lot to a lot of the players because Rio had beaten them last year and our girls felt like they owed them a little bit this year. They came out ready tonight.”
Lana Kaucher added two assists.
Shawnee State 3 2 - 5
Rio Grande 1 0 - 1
First half - 1, SSU, Koehler (Kaucher), 28th minute; 2, SSU, White (Koehler), 29th minute; 3, RG, Hoffman, 35th minute; 4, SSU, Koehler (Kaucher), 40th minute.
Second half - 1, SSU, Simpson (White), 46th minute; 2, SSU, Koehler (Simpson), 50th.
Record - Shawnee State 6-3-1 (2-2 AMC).