Slippery Rock Defeats Bloomsburg In Playoffs, 4-0

Bloomsburg finishes the 2008 season with a record of 13-6-1, 8-3-1 PSAC East.

Nov. 14, 2008

Courtesy of Bloomsburg Athletics

BLOOMSBURG- The Bloomsburg University women's soccer team fell to Slippery Rock, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division II championships. The Huskies finished with 18 shots on goal to Slippery Rock's 19, but were unable to convert any scoring chances.

In the first period, Bloomsburg had the first two scoring opportunities of the opening ten minutes, but shots by Bloomsburg's Kelsey Stoka (Langhorne/Neshaminy) and Eileen Alexander (East Northport, NY/Commack) went wide. Bloomsburg fired two shots on goal in a span of just over 60 seconds at the 12 minute mark of the first half. Katie Walczuk (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) shot went wide left and Ashley Brucker's (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren) shot was stopped by Slippery Rock defender.

The Rock would get on the board for the first time just before the 20 minute mark in the first half, when Ashley Paganie scored off of a pass from goaltender Sarah Lacy for her ninth goal of the season.

Bloomsburg's Samantha King (Elkton, MD/Northeast) had two scoring opportunities in a two minute span at the 42 minute mark of the first half, but a block by The Rock defense and another Lacy save preserved a 1-0 Slippery Rock lead after one period of play.

In the second half, the Huskies opened with a flurry of shots at the 49 minute mark. Stoka and Walczuk both fired shots in a period of 15 seconds, while Brucker and Stoka both had another opportunity four minutes later. Two Lacy saves and two blocks by the SRU defense preserved the lead at 1-0.

Slippery Rock would expand their lead to 2-0 when Juliana Howell headed a crossing kick off the foot of Paganie past Bloomsburg goaltender Frances Nicoletti (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield). The Rock would add another goal at the 76 minute mark when Courtney Hoover scored off of a pass from Paganie to give Slippery Rock a 3-0 lead.

Bloomsburg would try to rally over the next ten minutes, but shots by Lauren Hess (East Greenville/Upper Perkiomen) and Alexander both went wide right. Slippery Rock would score for the final time when Hoover scored for the second time, an unassisted goal with three minutes remaining to make the score 4-0.

Alexander led the Huskies with five shots on goal, while Hess, Stoka and Brucker each had three. Hoover led the Rock with two goals, while Paganie had one goal and one assist. Nicoletti finished with seven saves in goal for the Huskies.

Bloomsburg finishes the 2008 season with a record of 13-6-1, 8-3-1 PSAC East.

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