Ball’s OT goal leads SSU women to 1-0 victory
Thanks to an overtime goal from Olivia Ball, the Shawnee State women’s soccer program was able to defeat the Bruins of Bob Jones (Ala.) by a score of 1-0 on Saturday in the first match of homecoming day.
The first period of action came and went with both teams sitting scoreless as SSU and Bob Jones went into halftime at a 0-0 draw. The Bears’ best chance at a goal came in the first few minutes of the match as Charity Collins kicked a sharp shot on goal that was saved by Bob Jones’ Kayla Fischer. The Bruins and the Bears were neck and neck with shots in the first half as well, as the Bruins collected five shots with SSU adding four shot attempts.
During the second half of play, the intensity picked up on both sides, but neither team was able to score as the second half also ended in a scoreless deadlock. The Bruins almost took a one-goal lead over the Bears with 11 minutes to go, as BJU’s Mikayla Rajcan put together an excellent attempt. However, Rajcan’s attempt at paydirt resulted in an incredible save by SSU keeper Michaela Garner, who played a tremendous match at the keeper position by accumulating nine saves on the evening.
In overtime, both teams went scoreless in the first frame. However, SSU emerged in the second overtime stanza with the winning elexor, as the Bears would win the game on Ball’s goal, who was assisted by Charity Collins within two minutes of the second overtime.
With the win, the Bears improved its record to 4-1-1 on the season. Bob Jones fell to 1-5 with the loss. The Shawnee State men’s soccer team fell to Indiana Tech, 10-1, to cap off the soccer festivities at the Shawnee Turf.
The women’s and men’s soccer programs will host Cincinnati Christian and Bluefield (Va.), respectively, in a Tuesday evening doubleheader that will start at 5 p.m.
SSU volleyball wins five-set thriller over Pikeville
The Shawnee State volleyball program obtained a win during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a straight set loss to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) by defeating Mid-South Conference foe Pikeville, 3-2, to cap off the weekend.
Shawnee State took an early lead in set one and never relinquished the lead, leading the whole way en route a 25-18 win in the first set. SSU had a balanced offensive attack led by Christina Shelton’s five first set kills as the Bears took advantage of five Pikeville attack errors and three service errors by the visitors.
The second set would be a reversal of the first as Pikeville would comfortably win 25-18. Shawnee State then repeated their first set dominance by leading the whole way in the third, winning 25-17 as Shelton racked up six more kills.
And even though Pikeville again rallied to tie the match with a fourth set win (25-14), the fifth and decisive set would be all Shawnee State, as the Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to force a Pikeville timeout. After trading points, another Shawnee State run would see them up 8-2 at the midway point of the set. Shawnee State kept Pikeville at arm’s length to finish off the fifth set 15-8 and the match 3-2.
Christina Shelton led Shawnee State with 17 kills on the match, with Tyanna Smith (JR/Bowling Green, Ohio) adding 10. Deanna Smith (SR/Riverview, MI) had 41 assists, and Stacia Martin (SR/Indianapolis, Indiana) had a team-high 19 digs. Noelani Simpson led Pikeville with a match-high 19 kills.
The win moves Shawnee State to 6-8 on the season, and improves the Bears to 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference. The win is SSU’s first conference victory since 2015. Pikeville falls to 4-10 on the season and 0-2 in the league.
Shawnee State will return to action next Friday, Sept. 22 when the Bears host Cumberland (Tenn.) in a Mid-South Conference showdown. First serve is set for 5 p.m.