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Lion women fall to Eagles, 3-1

Posted 10/28/14

Mary Washington scored two late goals to defeat Penn State Harrisburg, 3-1 in women's soccer on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Fredericksburg, Va., ending the Lions' hopes of a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.

The Lions (5-11, 1-7 in the …

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Lion women fall to Eagles, 3-1

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Mary Washington scored two late goals to defeat Penn State Harrisburg, 3-1 in women's soccer on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Fredericksburg, Va., ending the Lions' hopes of a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.

The Lions (5-11, 1-7 in the conference) took a short-lived, early second-half lead over Mary Washington (9-6-2, 3-4-1) thanks to a quality strike from freshman Kylie Courtney in the 46th minute.  

From the first whistle the Lions found themselves in the defensive stance, making sure they would not give up any easy or early goals, which has been the team's Achilles heel for much of the season.

But the Lions started the second half with a different mindset as they pushed forward from the start. It only took two minutes for the Blue & White to score thanks to a great pass from Middletown graduate Hannah Jorich to Courtney, who buried a shot in the bottom right corner from outside the 18-yard box to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the Lions offensive effort was short-lived as they dropped back into a defensive mindset following the goal.
Penn State Harrisburg held on for almost 10 minutes before the Eagles finally scored in the 55th minute to tie the game.

It was anyone’s game to win at that point, but Penn State Harrisburg just did not push forward hard enough and allowed Mary Washington to keep the ball in the Lions' defensive end for too long. The Eagles eventually scored the winner in the 82nd minute and found the net once more in the 84th after Penn State Harrisburg pushed numbers up in hopes of tying the game.  

“We didn’t get the result we wanted, but the girls fought through injuries and pushed to the final whistle,'' said Penn State Harrisburg Assistant Coach Kate Murphy.