PENNSYLVANIA – The Pratt Institute women's soccer team dropped both legs of their weekend trip. The Cannoneers record fell to 0-3 on the season.
Match 1 | Pratt 1, PSU Schuylkill 5: Following a scoreless start to the game, freshman AC Shields broke through the defense and recorded her first collegiate goal, a strike in the 35th minute off the assist from Katherine Shan. Schuylkill would respond three minutes later to tie the score at 1-1 as the teams entered half time.
The second frame saw Pratt's defense hold the Nittany Lions to just eight shots, however half were able to find the back of the net and the hosts prevailed by a score of 5-1.
For the game, the Cannoneers outshot PSU by a margin of 18-17, but they struggled to put their shots on target. In defeat Morgan Holub set a new career-high by collecting 10 saves in goal.
Match 2 | Pratt 1, PSU - Hazelton 3: Following a pair underwhelming performances to begin the season, Pratt women's soccer team showed great strides in their 3-1 loss to Penn State – Hazelton on Sunday afternoon.
"[The women's team] had an incredible response to yesterday's loss, proclaimed head coach Jonas Worth. "Every player from top to bottom was extremely vocal and the sound from the bench was deafening."
The Cannoneers received an offensive in the 44th minute as Jen Klockner took the feed from Harper McVey and pushed her shot past the goalie to give Pratt a 1-0. The Nittany Lions would respond just before half and tied the game following a Madison Polumbo goal.
Penn State – Hazleton would add a pair of goals late in the second half to record the 3-1 victory.
For coach Jonas Worth, his Cannoneers' improvements, particularly on defense, gave the second-year coach a lot to look forward to.
"The center back partnership of Taylor Chin and Brittany Lovegrove looks like a perfect match," he added. "Today was an incredible step for our team as we look to peak at the right time of the season."
Up Next: The Cannoneers will travel to Bronxville, NY for a Saturday afternoon showdown with the Gryphons of Sarah Lawrence College. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 pm.