Lady Rams soccer secure second victory of the season against West Liberty

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Courtesy of Shepherd University Athletics Department

Vaughn Brewer Sports Writer

Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20,  was a good day for the Rams as they took on the West Liberty Hilltoppers on the road. The Rams (2-2-2) defeated West Liberty (2-4-1) by a 2-0 score. It was a good bounce back game from a previous tie.

It was an interesting game in the aspect that the Rams were outshot throughout the game, yet still came out with the win. On the game, the Hilltoppers had 11 total shots and the Rams had nine shots total. Another statistic that would suggest a different outcome would be that Shepherd goalkeeper Christi LaBella had seven saves on the day and for comparison, Hilltopper goalkeeper Lauren Hartnell had just two.

However, thanks to a couple of well placed strikes, Shepherd left West Liberty with a victory.

The game was hard fought in the first half as neither team could find the back of the net. The Rams had two shots in the opening period that went high and wide right respectively. The Rams’ defense played great team defense to aid in the shutout.

The stalemate between the two teams was not broken until the 56-minute mark. Rams Forward Taylor Harwood netted the opening goal with the assist from defender Katherine Eddy. Taylor and the Rams did not have to wait long for a second goal as 3 minutes later in the 59-minute mark, Harwood scored the second and final goal of the match.

It was an altogether good team win from which the Lady Rams can build. The Rams next game is on Sunday, Sept 24, where they will take on Fairmont State in Shepherdstown on alumni day.