Women’s soccer sees first win ahead of RSC play


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Freshman Brittney Adrian dribbles around an opponent in a loss to Spring Arbor. Adrian scored her first goal last weekend during a 7-0 win against Pikeville.

Written By Rachael McKriger, Copy Editor

What a stark difference a week can make.

After falling 6-0 to Madonna University on Monday, Point Park notched its first victory of the season against Pikeville University on Sunday morning.

One match provided a clean sheet, the first of the season, for Ashtyn Webb. The story was different against Madonna, with five different players finding the back of Webb’s net. Madonna’s goal scorers were Audrey Kopitz, Sierra Nissan, Nicolette Vultaggio, Alexis Bozinovski and Jamie Moceri.

All of Madonna’s goals were scored in the second half, and Moceri had two goals within the span of three minutes.

Following the match, Webb said that after the first goal she was content, believing the Pioneers could get back into the match. Then, after Madonna scored a second goal, Webb said “everything kind of stopped” for the Pioneers.

“Minutes later, the third goal was scored and it kept going down from there,” Webb said. “The other team, obviously, was ready to attack. We didn’t care. I can only do so much, being one person on the field, and it’s hard to deal with that sometimes. It lowers my confidence level for playing.”

However, Webb was confident that the team would push past the loss.

“It was one game,” Webb said. “It’s always a learning point.”

The lesson was taken into account against Pikeville. The first of four-straight road matches, Point Park scored seven goals, blanking the Lady Bears. The Pioneers had six different goal scorers, including freshmen Taylor Goldstrohm and Britney Adrian, sophomores Morgan French, Amanda Means and Emily Valentinetti and senior Tatum Fabian.

Senior midfielder Lauren Bower registered two assists, with freshman Emily Gillot also claiming one assist.

After the match, Pioneers head coach Maggie Kuhn said the team needed the win.

“It feels very good,” Kuhn said. “We needed that. It was a huge team effort. The weather is very humid, very sunny down here. Everybody really worked hard on both ends of the ball. I was very happy with the team in general.”

Kuhn said that after giving up some “crappy goals” this season, she was happy to see Webb and the defense earn a clean sheet.

“It definitely gives us some confidence,” Kuhn said. “We weren’t put under too much defensive pressure, but when we were, we recovered rather quickly. [Webb] didn’t have to make any really tough saves, so that’s good for confidence.”

Senior captain Abby Magliocca said that the clean sheet is an affirmation on how the back line is shaping up and smoothing out the edges.

“We’re working well and we’re communicating,” Magliocca said. “It just shows that we’re getting better and we’re getting there. We had confidence going into the game. We went over what we wanted to do and how we wanted to attack, as a team. Having that mindset of how we’re going to play, along with putting the first two goals in the net, built up our confidence going forward.”

Now, the Pioneers will look to carry that confidence into this weekend’s road test against Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. The match will begin at 6 p.m.

Magliocca said that earning a victory on the road shows that “we can do well after these long trips.”

“I think that’s a confidence booster for us, going into the other road games,” Magliocca said. “We’re looking to attack better than we have in the past. We can do even better than we did today, on the road.”