The Rock took down Pitt-Johnstown University for their second win in PSAC play. The game was closely contested throughout. Slippery Rock lost the game after a Mountain Cats goal.
After just eight minutes of play, the game’s first score was achieved. Pitt-Johnstown’s Morgan Kost beat Rock goalkeeper Emma Yoder. Yoder has already been shut out twice this season and has proven herself to one of the most difficult keepers for any other team. Yoder has allowed only three goals in four games so far and all of the Green and White’s goals have been scored in the first period.
Slippery Rock had six shots during the first half, and four of them were on target. The Mountain Cat’s goalkeeper, Sachi Negri, made four saves in that first period of action. The Rock had the advantage in shots 6-4, but Pitt-Johnstown led 1-0 at the half.
There wasn’t another goal until the 60-minute mark, when Negri came out of goal and Kayla Swope was able to float the ball over her forcing the entire Pitt-Johnstown team to race to their net to keep the ball out. The ball was just short of the goal line for Pitt-Johnstown, and it was over.
“[Kayla’s goal] was super exciting, we knew some things about this goalkeeper coming into the game and Kayla’s IQ of the game is extremely high and she knows how to retain information,” Coach Jessica Giegucz said. “It wasn’t surprising to me to see her in that situation where she was going to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Pitt-Johnstown had plenty of chances throughout the second half, and Yoder was forced out to make a big save at one point. Negri and Yoder both had good games, but in the end, it was Negri’s mistake that helped Slippery Rock win.
With just two minutes left in regulation, Rachel Edge and Negri faced off again. Edge had been stopped by Negri earlier in the game. Edge, however, got the ball past her and hit the ball on the net empty to give the Rock a 2-1 lead.
“[Rachel] will continue to put herself in those situations and she tends to make the ones that she needs to make, the keeper shut her down pretty well and I’ll give her that,” Giegucz said. “But Rachel is going to continue to do Rachel things.”
Rachel’s goal is her fourth of the season in four games, and this time it was the game-winning goal. The Rock improved its record to 3-0-1(2-0-0), while Mountain Cats dropped their score to 1-3-0 (1-2-0). Slippery Rock will take on Seton Hill University in a PSAC matchup on Wednesday.
Tyler is a junior communication student with a concentration on converged journalistic journalism. He’s in his third year with Rocket and it’s his second semester as assistant sports editor. In his first two years, he had written nearly 70 articles. He has written nearly 70 articles for the sports section, but also for campus life.