Red Hawks look superior against Oaks
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - When speaking about the Simpson University women’s soccer team you can talk about several team strengths. You could talk about overall team speed, and how the Red Hawks transition from offense to defense at a blazing pace. You could also talk about the steadfast goal keeping and keeper Jordan England’s stellar year, with three shutout games this season. The most important strength when examining the Red Hawks is not one of these. Routinely this season the Red Hawks have statistically under performed their opponents yet come out with the overall victory. The reason for this is the Red Hawks are unceasingly efficient. Against Menlo, the Red Hawks came in with three less overall shots (13-16) and one less shot on goal (7-8), but were still able to get a 3-0 victory.
“The turning point of the game,” Coach Nate Huntsinger state “was Rebecca’s (Borrelli) save.” Early in the second half when keeper England got beat in a one on one situation, outside back Borrelli came sliding in behind England; and in a dazzling display of athleticism blocked the shot, preserving England's shut out game. “It was really amazing to see the whole team gel together,” Borrelli said of the effort “for the first time this season we played a complete game.”
Simpson’s Courtney Opie scored the first two goals of the game late in the second half to push Simpson the lead to 2-0. Opie followed up her two goals by hitting teammate Christina Blackburn with an assist for the final goal of the game. All three goals came after the 61st minute of the contest. England racked up eight saves for the game, solidifying her as one of the top goalies in the Cal-Pac.
Simpson (5-6, 2-2) now looks to push on in conference play and continue their pursuit of excellence. Standing in their way is conference rival William Jessup University on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Rocklin, Calif. Kick-off is at 1p.m.
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