Women shutout to end season

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The women’s soccer team played its last two games of the regular season last week but failed to score in either.

The first loss came on Wednesday as they hosted non-conference opponent Shawnee State University, a member of the Mid-South Conference. The Bears were 3-0 against River States Conference (RSC) teams prior to their game against Point Park.

“It was one of those games where we had played several teams that had played Shawnee, and we knew that it would be a good matchup for us,” sophomore goalkeeper Ashtyn Webb said. “We usually get scouting reports and we go off that at practice.”

The Bears struck early in the first half, but the goal was revoked on an offsides call. Despite the sudden momentum change, Shawnee State scored again in the 17th minute, and this time, the goal stuck.

The Pioneers were only down 1-0 at the half, but could not seem to stop the strong offense of their opponent.

The Bears scored again in the 54th and 77th minutes to give them the 3-0 lead

“I would say the mental side of our inconsistency has been giving us the most problems,” head coach Maggie Kuhn said. “We prepared for Carlow the same way we’d prepare for number one West Virginia Tech… it just didn’t end up in our favor.”

Looking for a redemption game to end the regular season, the Pioneers took on Carlow University Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

The Celtics scored first off a free kick in the 28th minute.

The Pioneers again found themselves down 1-0 at the half.

“I don’t think we were actually mentally prepared to go up against Carlow,” Webb said. “We knew that we could win that game, but we didn’t go out that way and the results showed it.”

After a scoreless 57-minute stretch, Carlow struck again in the 85th minute to give the Celtics a 2-0 win.

“Our losses are a wakeup call that playoffs aren’t going to be easy,” senior Noel Hartle said. “We were the number one team two years running, so teams get very excited and perform at a high level when they play us.”

Webb started both games for the Pioneers, making four saves in the Shawnee State match and three saves against Carlow. Sophomore Morgan Willis also saw some time in net against the Bears, giving up one goal.

Point Park currently sits in third in the RSC standings behind Asbury University and West Virginia Tech. Both teams only have one conference loss, each handed to them by Point Park.

“Putting our heart into the game is the most important thing,” Webb said. “Our heart is a big thing for us because if we come out with it, there is no stopping our team. We are a great team when we put everything out on the line and that’s what we need to do going into the conference tournament.”

The Pioneers are currently slated to host an RSC playoff match Nov. 4 at Highmark Stadium.

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