Late Second Half Goal Pushes W&J Past Geneva
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Senior Dani Span’s (Baden, Pa./Quigley Catholic) game-winning tally in the 80th minute pushed the Washington & Jefferson women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Geneva Saturday afternoon in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action.
Span’s goal was not only her first of the season, but also the first of her collegiate career. During the team’s previous contest against Saint Vincent, Span registered her first career assist and now adds a goal to her résumé.
The Presidents (7-5, 2-1 PAC) and Golden Tornadoes (3-8, 1-2) played to a scoreless draw at the half, despite W&J putting up 10 shots in the opening period. Nearly 20 minutes into the second half, Geneva got on the board first when Heidi Mann buried her fourth goal of the season on a free kick.
The Presidents did not take long to find the tying goal, however. Three minutes after Geneva’s go-ahead tally, senior Holly Shipley (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) took a pass from junior Jess Skovira (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) and shot her eighth goal of the year far post to knot the score at 1-1. Shipley needs just one more goal to notch 50 for her career at W&J.
As the clock ticked to under 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Span sent home the go-ahead goal, and eventual game-winner when she knocked in a crossing pass from Shipley.
W&J dominated the contest, outshooting the Golden Tornadoes 22-9 for the game and setting up seven corner kicks to zero for Geneva. Starting goalkeeper Morgan Kinyon (Stockton, Calif./Oakdale) made six stops in the 90 minutes of action, while the Presidents' offense forced Geneva keeper Kayla Gaines to make 11 saves.
Washington & Jefferson welcomes PAC foe Chatham this Tuesday night (Oct. 15) for a 7:00 pm match at Alexandre Stadium.