CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The No. 2 Vulcans benefited from an own goal in the 71st minute on Sunday afternoon, as they earned a 1-0 victory against West Chester in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the new Soccer Facility.
With the win, California (Pa.) improves to 19-0-2 this season and advances to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the third-consecutive year. The Vulcans have also tied the single-season school record for wins, which was set in 2009 (19-6-1) when they advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Cal U continues play in the tournament on Friday when it faces Slippery Rock in Albany, N.Y., as the next two rounds of the tournament will be hosted by St. Rose — the top seed in the East Region. The Vulcans currently have a five-game unbeaten streak against The Rock after claiming a 1-0 win early this year during the regular season.
After a scoreless first half, West Chester nearly took the lead in the 62nd minute before senior goalkeeper Paula Jackson made a save to preserve the scoreless tie. Less than 10 minutes later, the Vulcans took a 1-0 lead at the 70:40-mark when a cross attempt by freshman Erin Hogan was inadvertently hit by a Golden Rams’ defender into the bottom left corner of the net. Cal U nearly added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute before a shot attempt by junior Carley Work sailed high of the net.
Jackson finished the game with two saves to register her eighth shutout of the season and the 33rd her career. West Chester freshman goalkeeper Shannon Fedyk collected four saves in the losing effort.
The Vulcans out-shot the Golden Rams by a 14-4 margin with a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Cal U also posted a 3-2 edge in corner kicks and both teams were whistled for 10 fouls.
West Chester finishes the year at 13-4-4.