Salisbury, Md. - The Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer team is on the tail end of a rough four game road trip to start the conference season. The Lions have faced off in three straight long distance road games against three of the best teams in the CAC.
The Lions have spent almost 20 hours on the road in their past three contests and all within six days. After two tough losses to Frostburg St. and Christopher Newport, both of which are still undefeated in conference play, the women headed down south to Salisbury hoping to turn things around.
A great game plan, but after giving up an early goal just 4 minutes into the game, most would have expected the Lions to hang their heads and allow the Eagles to enjoy a leisurely day at the office. Instead, the Blue and White held their ground and forced Salisbury to earn every inch. They were able to hold on for most of the half and created a few descent chances while defending against the wind and hoping for the counter attacking opportunity.
The Lions felt they were in the game as the second half started, but needed to make up the two goal deficit from the first half. Hannah Jorich (Middletown, Pa. / Middletown) was dominating in the midfield winning aerial balls, tackling, and leading the charge offensively. After some solid back and forth play to start the second half, Jorich battled for a loose ball and broke into the Eagles defensive half. Fay Ansary (Hummelstown, Pa. / Hershey) made a well-timed diagonal run and found herself 1v1 with the goalie. Unfortunately, an impressive defensive tackle caught her from behind and stopped the attack immediately, keeping the two goal difference.
Just a few minutes later, Salisbury found the net for a third time, deflating the hopes that Harrisburg had of making the comeback. The game finished with Salisbury winning 5-0.
Harrisburg head coach Adam Clay had to say of his team post game. "I am proud that we worked hard today and have remained positive throughout the tough start to conference play. There are still quite a few games to go, but the next three weeks of soccer will be over and done in the blink of an eye. I can only hope the women want to make sure we are one of the six teams still competing in November as bad I do, because it is really up to them."
Harrisburg will have to go on the road one more time this week before returning home. The women will play at Marymount this Friday at 7:00 p.m.