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November 02, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 8

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Close game results in loss to Moravian

Moravian edged out Susquehanna, 1-0, in the last game of the season Saturday.

The game was a close, hard fought and scoreless game until the 80th minute when Moravian freshman defender Taylor Blake got a shot past Susquehanna (4-8-2, 0-4-2) junior goalkeeper Rachel Norbuts for the 1-0 advantage.

The Greyhounds attempted a corner kick at the 79:40 mark and nine seconds later, Blake found the back of the net on a loose ball in front.

The Crusaders have played in their fair share of tight games this season with six games decided by a single goal and two other contests ending in a tie.

In the 28th minute, the Greyhounds nearly got on the board first as a header hit the post and stayed out of the net. The Greyhounds pressured the Crusaders in the first half but Norbuts was up to the challenge, making three saves as the Crusaders were outshot 11-3 in the first half.

From the opening minutes of the game, the Greyhounds attacked offensively, keeping Norbuts on her toes, making saves early.

Norbuts stopped eight of the nine shots on goal, while Moravian senior goalkeeper Tori Korona went four-for-four on saves and recorded her second shut out this year.

Defenders Leah Gardiner and Caitlyn Cameron both recorded unsuccessful shots on the goal, as well as midfielders Megan Stevens and Alex Mason.

This was the final match on the pitch for six Susquehanna seniors: defender/midfielders Tara Brancato and Leah Gardiner, forward Brianna Soars and midfielders Megan Stevens, Lindsay Robbins and Kelly Bassett.

"The thing I will miss most about playing soccer at SU would be just going to practice with the girls I have formed life-long friendships with," Bassett said.

"Being on this team has taught me so much about myself, life, responsibility, hard work and dedication, and I will take everything that I have learned from my teammates and coaches with me in my future endeavors."

Bassett set up two goals in the first half in a game against Drew on Sept. 22. The assists proved to be key as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

"Some of my best memories at SU have been on the soccer field, and I know I will never forget being apart of such a wonderful experience," she added.

Head coach Nick Hoover said: "Our senior class did a fantastic job this year. Some girls were asked to play in different positions and worked so hard and set a great example for our younger players. They will all be missed not only for their ability, but their leadership."


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