Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State women's soccer won a home shootout on Tuesday evening, defeating Cincinnati Christian 9-5.
Cincinnati Christian would strike first, when Erin Sweeney would nod home on a Stephanie Reece corner in the 14th minute. Shawnee State would respond after the poor start to re-take the lead quickly. In the 21st minute, Jenny Campbell (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio) would score after good hold-up play from Maddie Woodard (SR/Camden, Ohio), easily finishing 1-on-1 with keeper to tie the score. Woodard would get a second assist just two minutes later when Destiny Chester (SO/Canal Winchester, Ohio) would fire in from close range on a cross to give SSU a 2-1 lead.
The Bears were not finished in the first half. Campbell would put Shawnee State up 3-1 from 30 yards in the 27th minute, catching Cincinnati Christian goalkeeper Kendra Steepe napping. The Eagles would respond in the 32nd minute as Maren Hance would score the first of her three goals to make the score 3-2, but Maddie Woodard would immediately put Shawnee State back up two on the other end moments later, linking up with Campbell on a similar play that lead to Campbell's first.
Shawnee State would add a fifth in the frantic first half. Madison Patrick (FR/Carlisle, Ohio) would be taken down in the box, and Campbell would finish to complete her first half hat trick. Cincinnati Christian would get another goal from Hance to cap the first half scoring and send the teams to halftime with SSU leading 5-3.
The Bears would start brightly in the second half, and consistent pressure would lead to SSU having the opening goal of the second half. Maddie Woodard would head home on a wonderful cross from Olivia Ball (SO/Greenup, Kentucky) to give SSU a 6-3 lead. Jenny Campbell would add a fourth goal to her afternoon tally in the 58th minute, allowing Woodard to add a third assist to give SSU a 7-3 lead.
Megan Klenk would get a goal back in the 70th minute, but Shawnee State would again go on the attack and find goals 10 minutes later. Madison Patrick's hard-played game would be rewarded with a goal as she fired home from substitute Emily Taylor (FR/West Portsmouth, Ohio)'s cross to get SSU's eighth goal in the 81st minute. Taylor would get a goal of her own, tapping home a rebound of Maddie Woodard's saved effort to cap Shawnee State's scoring. Maren Hance would fire home her third of the game to make the final score 9-5.
The win improves Shawnee State's record to 5-1-1 on the year, their best start since 2013. Cincinnati Christian falls to 4-3-1.
Shawnee State women's soccer returns to action on Thursday, September 21 when they travel to Circleville, Ohio to take on Ohio Christian. Kickoff is set for 5:00pm.