GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg earned one of the biggest wins in program history, defeating eighth-ranked Ursinus 4-1 in its Centennial Conference opener Saturday.
The Bullets (5-1) snapped a 33-game losing streak to Ursinus, topping the Bears for the first time since a 4-2 victory in 1960. Ursinus (2-2), which once competed in Division I, has won the last eight Centennial Conference titles.
Kelly Madden scored a career-high two goals for Gettysburg while Liz Baron added a goal and an assist. Megan Feeg made six saves.
“We knew Ursinus’ tradition, and we knew what a strong team they are,”Gettysburg Head Coach Barb Jordan said. “We knew that the only way we would be able to do it is if we played together as a team and stayed composed from start to finish, with every single player doing what they could individually to make a difference on the field.”
Hayward Sawers gave the Bullets a 1-0 lead with 21:37 left in the first half. Sawers got possession off a corner pass and found the back of the net.
With 10 minutes left in the opening half the Bullets got a corner and Sawers sent the ball to Baron who found Erica Barbuto on the left flank. Barbuto slid the ball down to Madden for her first goal of the year to make it 2-0.
Gettysburg received another corner with 17 seconds left, and after a defensive save by Ursinus’ Jordan Miller, the Bullets got a penalty stroke with no time on the clock. Baron capitalized, drilling in her first penalty-stroke goal to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
The Bears pulled within two points in the second half when Abby Wood took a pass from Rachel Pandl and snuck in a shot. The Bullets were quick to answer, scoring on a rebound four minutes later. After a Sawers shot was deflected and saved by Ursinus keeper Brittany Dolson, Madden shot on a scramble to make it 4-1 and set the final score.
Both teams finished with 15 shots while Gettysburg held a 14-9 advantage in corners.