Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

West Chester University women’s soccer team had a very good Saturday. They defeated Seton Hill in their final game of the regular season, 2-1. They secured a No.2 seed in the PSAC playoffs and a home playoff game on Tuesday. Not to mention they got to honor two of their seniors on Senior Day with a win.

Sara Bennis and Erika Schrock were honored before the Seton Hill game on Saturday for their hard work and dedication to this team over the past four years. They are a very important part of that team and, more especially, that defense.

The Golden Rams captured a huge win on Saturday over the Seton Hill Griffins. Leading goal scorer for West Chester Kara Parvel knocked in her ninth goal of the season off a cross from teammate Haley Mangiaruga. The goal came within the first five minutes of the game.

West Chester added another before halftime when Scarlett Walsh took a pass from Parvel and beat the defender and the goalkeeper for the goal.

West Chester did allow their first goal in their past six games when Emma Bearinger was able to push it past West Chester goalkeeper Alex Srolis. The West Chester defense was able to stay solid for the rest of the game and they took the victory 2-1 on Senior Day.

West Chester received the PSAC women’s soccer playoff bracket a couple hours after their win. They earned the no. 2 seed and are going to face off against the No.7 seed East Stroudsburg. East Stroudsburg is coming off a very impressive victory against previously undefeated and No.1 team in the country, Gannon University. They defeated them on Friday at home, 4-2, so they will be a very confident team knowing they can beat some of the best teams, because they just beat the best.

West Chester and East Stroudsburg faced off once this season three weeks ago. This game was at East Stroudsburg and West Chester won 1-0. Parvel scored the only goal of the game right after halftime. It was a very even match, each team registered 13 total shots and five shots on goal. The difference was that Srolis made one more save then the East Stroudsburg’s goalkeeper did.

West Chester will need to bring their best effort as it is going to be a very hard fought game between two teams that have been in the playoffs before. But West Chester’s offense is really clicking and they are playing superb defense. West Chester is on a seven-game win streak and has won 10 of 11 games. They will look to push the win streak to eight.

The first round of the PSAC playoffs will be Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. inside Rockwell Field at West Chester University.

Ryan Calpin is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at RC784188@wcupa.edu

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