After recent wins against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Alderson Broaddus University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s women’s soccer team is looking to maintain conistency in its remaining games.
“My biggest concern would be just to maintain this level of play that we are at right now,” said goalkeeper Jessica Printz (junior, athletic training).
“We’re a solid team, and we work well together.”
Now more than halfway through the season, the Crimson Hawks are seated in seventh place among the 17 teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with a 5-3-1 overall record and 4-2-1 conference record.
The team played the first of four straight home games Saturday. The Crimson Hawks had 14 shots and defeated UPJ, 2-1. The Mountain Cats are winless in nine games this season, and that has them in last place in the conference.
Jenny Vietmeier (freshman, business) scored the first goal of the game, and the first of her career 26 minutes into the match.
UPJ did not get on the board until the game was minutes from ending, forcing overtime.
With an assist from Lexie Palluconi (sophomore, undeclared), Kiersten Zerbe (junior, exercise science) managed to propel the game-winning shot into the back of the net to give the Crimson Hawks the win.
“I feel that the team is performing extremely well right now,” Printz said.
“We’re clicking at just the right point in the season, and I feel like we’ve been able to smooth out the bumps in our game. Now we have to remain consistent and finish out the season strong.”
IUP won against Alderson Broaddus in a 3-0 shutout Tuesday.
Mackenna Miller (sophomore, exercise science) got a shot off the rebound of a corner kick to start the scoring.
Riley Bartoo (sophomore, nutrition) scored her first goal of the season and soon followed it with an assist to Zerbe, who scored the third point of the match on a breakaway.
Printz saved two shots to help the team achieve its first shutout of the season.
IUP will play Kutztown University at 3 p.m. Saturday at the South Campus Field. The Crimson Hawks play East Stroudsburg University at the same time and place Sunday.
“I think we are more than ready to compete and hold our own against these teams,” Printz said. “We’re a strong and close-knit team. We should be able to get a few wins in this next group of games.”