September 20, 2013
Crusaders get first win of the yearEmily Firestone found the back of the net in the 62nd minute to give the Crusaders' women's soccer team an early lead.
The freshman midfielder scored off of a pass from junior forward Samantha Zuponcic to take a 1-0 lead which stood up for the remainder of the game for a win.
Penn State-Harrisburg (4-2) had two corner kicks in the final minutes of the game but were unable to convert.
Penn State-Harrisburg blasted a shot at Crusaders senior goalkeeper Rachel Norbuts but Norbuts kept the ball out of the net.
The Crusaders (1-5) dominated the stat sheet early in the first half with three shots and a pair of corner kicks in the first 17 minutes of action.
Susquehanna started to push the pressure in the waning minutes of the first half with senior forward Marissa DeParto living around the edges of the field.
DeParto led the Crusaders' offensive effort, taking seven shots in the game with six shots on goal.
As a team, the Crusaders out-shot PSU-Harrisburg, 24-2 with 13 shots on goal.
Lebanon Valley 4, Susquehanna 0
Susquehanna lost to Lebanon Valley on Saturday afternoon with a final score of 4 -0.
"We lost a tough game on Saturday," Crusaders head coach Nicholas Hoover said.
The Crusaders defense remained strong and put up a battle for the rest of the first half, keeping the score at 1-0.
One initial goal from the Dutchmen slipped past Susquehanna's defense, but that one goal was enough, allowing for a Lebanon Valley breakaway.
"It was an unfortunate bounce that turned into a great shot by one of their all-region players," Hoover said.
The halftime score remained steady at 1-0, but at a mere 14 minutes into the second half, the Dutchmen increased their lead to two.
"The goal they scored to make it 2-0 was off of a corner kick that we had the opportunity to clear out of the box and just couldn't do it," Hoover said.
With less than a quarter of the game left, the Dutchmen took advantage of the Crusaders and scored their third goal of the game.
The Dutchmen landed the final score with a little over three minutes remaining, leaving the Crusaders scoreless.
The Crusaders will travel to Penn State-Altoona on Saturday. The game against the Lions will begin at 1 p.m.
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