Loss in NEAC Quarters Ends Women’s Soccer’s Season
November 1, 2011
The Keuka College’s women’s soccer team surrendered an early goal and lost to Penn State-Berks 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Berks (9-7-1), the fifth seed, struck first, scoring in the fifth minute when Lyndsay Naughton collected a loose ball, turned and scored towards the far post for her 10th goal of the season. The fourth-seeded Storm (8-7-1) clamped down defensively and did not allow a goal the remainder of the game.
Unfortunately for Keuka, its offense couldn’t get on track against the Nittany Lions’ swarming defense.
Senior Morgan Engelbert (Elmira, NY/Thomas Edison) made nine saves and Engelbert and the Storm defense did limit the Nittany Lions to one goal. Leading 1-0, Berks threatened halfway through the first half, but Engelbert made a big save in the 15th minute and the Nittany Lions’ shot glanced off the post in the 23rd minute.
The Storm managed only five shots, and only junior Nicole Sharick (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) and freshman Ashley Swarts (Arkport, NY/Arkport) were able to record a shot on goal.
After halftime, Swarts took aim at Berks’ goalie Savannah Cramer and ripped a 20-yard shot that sailed wide of the net in the 66th minute. Two minutes later, it was Engelbert’s turn for a big save as she denied Naughton’s shot towards the near post from six yards out.
Keuka’s best scoring opportunity came with 16:12 remaining, when Sharick stole the ball and fired a long range shot from 25 yards out, but Cramer tracked the shot and made the save along the far post.
For the 13th straight season, the Keuka women’s soccer team finished with a .500 or better record.