GSAC stays dominate over Red Hawks
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawk women’s soccer team clashed with their second opponent from the NAIA’s Division I Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Saturday’s opponent, Fresno Pacific University, is not only larger in size but has at its disposal over twice the amount of scholarship money as Simpson. This did not deter the women’s soccer team from giving Fresno Pacific a run for their proverbial money.
In the first half the Red Hawks played evenly with Fresno Pacific allowing 10 shots, only two of which were on goal. Simpson struggled to get the ball in scoring territory though, only getting two looks at the goal.
In the second half, Fresno Pacific demonstrated why they are a contender in the GSAC by scoring four second half goals off 13 shots. They consistently controlled the tempo of the game and continued their first half control of the ball. The difference was in the second half their shots were much more controlled and accurate. Ashley Sheer was the catalyst for Fresno scoring the first goal three minutes into the second half. Sheer, a midfielder who did not start the game, made a large impact. She scored all four of Fresno Pacific’s second-half goals, including a long distance bomb from 30 yards out and left of the goal.
“We are just waiting to get that first scintillating win since Southwestern, something to display to everyone the talent we know we have. Playing larger schools is definitely helping us by going against better competition, but winning wouldn’t be to bad either,” English born assistant coach Luke Manwaring stated after the game.
The Red Hawks continue the hunt for the third win of the season as they travel to Southern Oregon on Fri., Sept. 18. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. in Ashland, Ore.
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