The Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer team had a very important Capital Athletic Conference match up today against the Wesley Wolverines. Unfortunately for the Lions, giving up one goal proved to be one too many in a game that ended 1-0 in favor of the Wolverines.
Harrisburg started strong and then allowed a simple breakdown and lack of defensive intensity to give Wesley just enough space to shoot from the corner of the 18 yard box and find the top corner of the net. The Lions had three or four quality chances in the first half, but in what has been a trend the past few games, did not have a killer instinct in their final third.
Starting the second half down 1-0, Penn State Harrisburg possessed the ball well around the back and won the overall possession battle but were unable to create anything dangerous with the multiple numbers Wesley had back protecting their lead.
Harrisburg tried everything, including moving starting Goalkeeper Mackenzie Gate (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin) to the forward position for the final fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, it was not until the final three minutes that the Lions decided they really needed a goal. They had two or three more quality opportunities, but it was too late.
"It is hard to be in a position where we do so many good things and allow one or two mistakes to dictate the game. We have to stay positive as a team and remember a playoff berth is still in our hands." According to head coach Adam Clay following today's match.
Penn State Harrisburg returns home Saturday for their senior day game against St. Mary's (Md.) at noon.