The Shepherd Rams women’s soccer team played with great energy against Wheeling Jesuit, winning 3-1, in Wheeling, W. Va. Tuesday night.
The Rams started the game off with great pressure on defense, making it hard for the Cardinals. This would lead to a couple of fouls on Shepherd, as the Rams were being a little too aggressive, which happens when a team plays with great intensity.
The Rams would get on the scoreboard first as, as senior defender Regan Stout scored a beautiful goal off a corner kick, heading the ball to the near post, which is hard to do.
The goal by Stout would only add to Shepherd’s confidence as they would capitalize on another opportunity three minutes later at the 34:54 mark. Freshman Emma Barnardoni sent one into the back of the net off of a freekick, 25 yards out.
As the first half came to an end, the Rams would continue to apply pressure on defense, providing more opportunities for them on offense, as they would go on to shoot 13 shots in the game.
In the second half the Rams continued their strong attack on offense, showcasing good ball movement, and an effort to get to the ball. In the 63rd minute senior Brianna Gorman had an impressive goal from a corner kick, making the score 3-0.
As the game continued the Rams started to become complacent, as they stopped putting pressure on the Cardinals’ midfielders. The Cardinals started taking more shots and at the 78:49 mark, Kayla Klock would give them their only goal of the game to cut the score to 3-1 in favor of the Rams.
However, Klock’s goal would not be enough, as time would run out and the Rams would come out with their third win on the season.
They look to continue their success this Friday Oct. 5, against West Virginia Wesleyan. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Justin Cole is a Sports Writer for The Picket. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org