Simpson earns first home victory of the season
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - For the second day in a row the Simpson University Red Hawks women's soccer team was in action; this time they took on the Beacons from Northwest Christian University. The match was a closely contested affair that saw the Red Hawks come out the 2-0 winners in their first home game of the season.
In the first half, the Red Hawks struggled to find a rhythm on the offensive end. Fortunately for Simpson, the Beacons did not pose much of a threat either and what little offense they could manage was easily handled by freshman goalkeeper Jessica Rickli. With little to show from both sides, the first half ended in a 0-0 tie.
The second half started with a flurry from the Red Hawks. Eight minutes into the half, freshman midfielder Kyra Nevard sent a low driven ball across the face of the goal and freshman Bethany Dahl calmly finished to give her the first goal of her young college career. As the half wore on, the Red Hawks turned on the pressure as senior captain Megan Furze came close to adding to the lead on two separate occasions once being stopped by the cross bar and then by Beacons keeper Ali Foster who had to work to keep it out. Then with the Red Hawks pressuring the Beacons recklessly cleared a ball across their own goal which only got as far as sophomore Red Hawk midfielder Natalie Goens. Goens volleyed the ball into the far corner to make it 2-0 Red Hawks which would eventually become the final earning Rickli her first career shutout in her college career.
With the victory, the Red Hawk find the win column for the first time this season bringing them to 1-1 on the season. The Red Hawks will next be in action on Tuesday, Aug. 30 where they will travel to take on Fresno Pacific.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.