By Matt Staub
The IUP field hockey team was able to edge Slippery Rock University, 2-1, in a tight contest Sunday.
The Crimson Hawks struck first when Sarah Zielinski (senior, criminology) scored at the 15:11 mark. The goal was Zielinksi’s third of the season. About 11 minutes later, Slippery Rock responded with a goal of its own. The two teams entered halftime tied, 1-1. IUP outshot Slippery Rock in the first half, 11-2.
The Crimson Hawks scored the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute. Selena West (sophomore, exercise science) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season. She was assisted by Madelyn Mullen (junior, marketing) on the score.
IUP outshot Slippery Rock, 21-3, throughout the contest and also held the advantage in penalty corners, 11-1.
The win improves the Crimson Hawks to 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The team remains one game behind Kutztown University, who is 10-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference, for the final playoff spot.
The team returns to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday when they take on Mansfield University at home. Mansfield is currently 2-14 on the season and 1-7 in the conference.
IUP will need a strong finish in order to make a push for the final PSAC playoff spot.
It could come down to the final game of the regular season, when the Crimson Hawks play host to Kutztown Saturday.