SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — No. 2 Shippensburg scored early against No. 3 Bloomsburg and built a three-goal advantage before defeating the Huskies 4-1 on Friday.
Shippensburg (10-1) tallied 10 shots on goal, scoring on four, in addition to 12 penalty corners – nine of which came in the first half. The Raiders have scored 11 goals in their last two games.
SU made the most of its scoring chances. Senior Sam Langone got the Raiders on the board by regaining possession of a scoring attempt and netting her third goal of the season at the 3:43 mark.
With eight minutes remaining before halftime, senior Taylor Jones fired a shot off of a feed from senior Kayla Harshman to give SU a two-goal advantage. The goal came off the third penalty corner in a 60-second span for the Raiders.
Early in the second half, senior Emily Kohlbus shot into the open left side of the cage for her third tally this season.
With 2:50 remaining, junior Lauren Taylor redirected a loose ball in the scoring arc on a penalty corner. Taylor reached a new career high with her seventh goal of the season. The goal came on SU’s only shot during the last 27 minutes of the match.
Senior goalkeeper Ciarra Delost was key to the defensive effort, making a career-high 10 saves in more than 58 minutes before being relieved by junior Carenna Neely, who finished the game in goal.
Bloomsburg (9-2) outshot Shippensburg 24-13, including a 13-2 margin in the final 30 minutes. The Raiders had a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners during the first half whereas the Huskies achieved a 10-3 margin during the final frame.
Bloomsburg’s one goal came off a 2-on-1 rush where Brooke Simonovich took a pass from Jenna DiSabatino and sent a shot into the goal.
Harshman prevented two goals by making defensive saves in the final six minutes, including one save in the air on a shot by Amber Aulenbach.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak against Bloomsburg and was SU’s first victory against the Huskies since its 1-0 win in the 2010 semifinals.