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Women's soccer rallies past Lions on Senior Day

Women's soccer rallies past Lions on Senior Day

ARLINGTON, Va.— The Marymount (Va.) University women's soccer team honored its senior class on Saturday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup against Penn State University-Harrisburg, and capped off the day with a two-goal comeback to down the Lions, 2-1. 

The first half proved to be a defensive stalemate between both squads. The Saints limited the Lions to seven shots on goal, while Marymount was able to fire off three of its own. The Saints were able to keep the Lions off of the scoreboard until late in the half, when Penn State's Kristen Stark lifted the ball over senior goalkeeper April Westmark.

Westmark turned away five shots during her 41 minutes in the cage, and junior Sydney Schultz, who relieved Westmark in the net, stopped one shot in the last four minutes of the first half. MU headed to the sidelines trailing 1-0 at the half.

The tides changed in the second half after the Saints struck five minutes in to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Karen Reyes fired a shot from the left side of the box, only to be deflected by the goalkeeper. Senior Kirsten Campbell chased down the ball at the far post to finish the play and draw the score even.

PSU continued on the offensive end getting off another two shots but was unsuccessful against the impressive hands of Schultz. MU went on the run again, finding senior Chloe McAuliffe in the corner. McAuliffe crossed the ball to the center of the box to find senior Lyndsie Iwata for the finish in the 62nd minute for what would hold up to be the game winner. 

Marymount battled through the rest of regulation to keep the Lions scoreless. The Saints' defense maintained a wall to limit the Lions to just three shots on goal in the second half. On offense, the Saints didn't back down outshooting the Lions, 13-3.

The women will continue conference action, as they head on the road to face Southern Virginia University on Wednesday, October 9. Play is set to begin at 6 p.m.