Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State women's soccer got the 2017 season started with a historic win on Tuesday evening, defeating Union (Ky.) 1-0 in the first night game under the lights at Shawnee Turf.
The Bears would dominate possession in the first half, getting the majority of chances in the period. SSU would get nine shots to Union's three and would get no better chance than the one they got in the 21st minute. Maddie Woodard (SR/Camden, Ohio) would be played onside by the Union defense, but Woodard would only be able to drag the shot wide as Union survived the first half unscathed.
After halftime, Shawnee State and Union would be sent to the locker rooms by the officials in the 53rd minute after a lightning strike nearby. Action would resume in the second half 30 minutes later. Through a light rain, Shawnee State would continue to hold most of the possession until the offense could finally break through.
That breakthrough came in the 79th minute. A nice ball from Sidney Payne (JR/Ironton, Ohio) would find Olivia Ball (SO/Greenup, Kentucky) looking at goal with no defender in front of her. Ball would let rip a shot from 24 yards that would dip over Union goalkeeper Juliana Schardong to give Shawnee State the lead they deserved. The Bears' defense would hold long enough to ensure Shawnee State a home victory to start the year.
The win improves Shawnee State's record to 1-0-0. Union falls to 0-3—0.
Shawnee State women's soccer will be back in play on Friday, September 1 when they host the University of Maine-Fort Kent. Kickoff is set for 5:00pm.