WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Melissa McKeary scored in the 53rd minute, and that was all No. 2 West Chester’s stellar defense needed to garner a 1-0 victory against visiting Lock Haven inside Farrell Stadium.

West Chester (3-0-0, 1-0-0 PSAC) opened defense of its conference crown in dominating fashion. Lock Haven (0-2-0, 0-1-0) played with a defensive posture for much of the game, resulting in a 16-3 advantage for WCU in shots.

McKeary scored her second goal of the year breaking in all alone down the right side after collecting a pass from Jen Hutchinson. She boomed a 40-yard pass that McKeary ran onto and walked in alone on Lady Eagles’ goalkeeper Haley Zinn.

Golden Rams’ freshman goalkeeper Shannon Fedyk made a beautiful punch save over the crossbar on a long blast from midfield by Lock Haven’s Courtney Najmola with about two minutes to go to preserve her third consecutive shutout. Najmola tried to catch Fedyk off her line, but the athletic keeper was able to reach back and punch the floater over the crossbar at the last minute.

Fedyk made three saves on the evening while Zinn was credited with 11.