Rockfall at home in Mercyhurst
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how much you do, things just don’t turn out the way you want them to. Slippery Rock lived one of those days on Saturday when Mercyhurst University came to town. The Rock dominated in almost every category, but ultimately failed to put the ball in the net.
In the game, The Rock landed 12 shots, double the amount taken by the Lakers. But Mercyhurst managed to take the lead early in the game behind a goal from Emily Mijares. The goal was the Lakers’ only shot on goal in the first half.
âIt took us a while to come up with a game plan and once we found it we started giving ourselves opportunities, but it was obviously a bit too late,â said the coach- chef Jessica Giegucz. “And the goal they scored was just an unfortunate one.”
The Rock offense is hard to stop for any team, but Mercyhurst goaltender Maddie Elbro had an exceptional game. She was named PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week and managed to stop three shots from PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week Rachel Edge. The Rock offense contains three of the most explosive goalscorers in the conference, with Jordyn Minda and Kayla Swope joining Edge to create a dangerous line. Six of the shots that were rescued came from these three.
Elbro made the difference in the game, as the Lakers offense never quite managed to make it work after goal. In the second half, they had four shots and only two on goal both of which were stopped by Rock goalkeeper Emma Yoder. The Rock had plenty of chances to tie the game off in the second half as they recorded eight shots in the second half.
âSometimes the football gods aren’t with you that day, I think it’s one of those things where if we execute a game plan earlier than expected,â Giegucz said.
The best opportunity came late in the second half when Elbro managed to stop a shot from none other than Edge, who was heading straight for the back of the net. The Greens and Whites made a final push in the last moments of the match. Unfortunately, Rock defenseman Faith Diffenbacher was given a late yellow card, and after the card Slippery Rock was unable to come back on the offense quickly enough to score the equalizer.
The game was the first game Slippery Rock dropped this season. This is the first loss overall for the two new classes of players, but the team will be counting on the experience of the upper class man to help them move forward. The Rock will face Indiana (Pa.) On the road on Wednesday, but Giegucz said the girls won’t forget the game.
âI think this team has a lot of resilience so it’s a loss and they are going to move on,â said Giegucz. “But I think there will be redemption the next time we play them.”