Washington Has First Three-Game Shutout Streak in Nine Years
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College women's soccer team posted its third consecutive shutout this afternoon by defeating visiting Penn State-Berks, 2-0, on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The win marks the second time in school history that the Shorewomen, off to a 3-1 start for the first time since 2002, have recorded three straight shutouts.
The Shorewomen took a 1-0 lead at the 18:46 mark as freshman Tara Keefe (Brant Beach, NJ/Southern Regional) knocked in a ball that junior Becca Nicely (Baltimore, MD/Institute of Notre Dame) sent over Penn State-Berks goalkeeper Cassidy Dawson's head. Washington took the one-goal lead into halftime after enjoying an 11-0 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes.
Washington tacked on its second goal when Keefe deflected a ball away from Dawson and junior midfielder/forward Katie Weida (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster Country Day) took advantage, blasting the ball in from 10 yards out.
For the game, Washington held a 21-2 advantage in shots and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Tori Ripple (Baltimore, MD/John Carroll) and senior goalkeeper Caroline Grier (Kennett Square, PA/Sanford School, DE) each played one half in net for Washington. Dawson made 11 saves in goal for the Nittany Lions (2-1).
Washington's previous streak of three consecutive shutouts came during the 2000 season with wins over Averett (13-0), Chowan (6-0), and Bryn Mawr (3-0) on September 9th, 10th, and 13th. The Shorewomen's last three-game winning streak of any sort came in 2002, when they beat Bryn Mawr, Alfred, and Ursinus in consecutive games.
The Shorewomen return to action Saturday with their Centennial Conference opener, a 12:00 p.m. home game against nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins.