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With the regular season for HL soccer coming to a close, both the Men’s and Women’s teams are playing great games for Wright State University (WSU).
The Women’s team pulled out a miracle against Youngstown State, as they were down a goal with less than 10 minutes left to play.
On the Men’s side, a victory over Robert Morris keeps them in the running for HL tournament qualification coming into their final game against IPFW.
Playing a full 90 minutes
WSU and Youngstown both played solid defense for the first 45 minutes, leading to a scoreless game at halftime.
Coming out of halftime, Youngstown State had a corner kick in the first minute by Sammy Salatino, which was deflected toward the goal and eventually put in by Abby Knight, scoring her first goal for Youngstown State this season.
The Raiders didn’t let the goal phase them, and dominated Youngstown in shots on goal throughout the match, but as the game continued, WSU still trailed by one.
The game seemed lost until WSU set up for a corner kick in the 84th minute, as a ball from Michelle Rings came to the far side of the box, straight to Sidney Kemp for her first goal of the season.
WSU applied hard pressure on YSU, making it difficult for the Penguins to make it past the halfway line.
A steal from Rylee Clark started a fast attack for WSU, as a run to the corner from Clark sent the ball into the box, to be finished by Josie Krupp for a 2-1 WSU lead.
After those two goals, the WSU defense finished out the game, as Youngstown was only able to get one more shot-off goal for the rest of the half.
One more game
With only one game left in the regular season, the Men’s team is within reach of qualification for the HL tournament.
Due to the cancellation of several games because of the season starting during the pandemic, the top four teams based on conference points per game (three points for a win, one for tie, zero for loss) qualify for the tournament.
As of March 31, the Men’s team is in fifth place, with only one game left in the season against IPFW. It comes down to a WSU win with a Milwaukee Panthers loss to put them in the fourth seed.
WSU is playing IPFW, and MKE is playing Robert Morris. Both opponents are lower in the standings.
This final week of play will decide whether the Panthers or the Raiders fill the last seed in this year’s Horizon League tournament.