Team Meets Expectations - The Behrend Beacon

Team Meets Expectations

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Author: Steph Stoughton (staff writer)

There were high expectations, but the women’s soccer team more than fulfilled them when they defeated Pitt-Bradford in double overtime to clench the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title for the second year in a row.

Captain Julia Shroeck said, at the beginning of October, that “playoffs are definitely in our future; in fact, we plan on winning our season and hosting the conference tournament.” 

Pitt-Bradford scored the first goal of the game only to be answered 20 minutes later by Shroeck, who found the net after Valerie Wagner threaded the ball through Panther defenders. 

The whole second half of the match, and the first overtime, went scoreless even though both teams took a fair number of shots.  

Behrend got its break three minutes into the second overtime when Lauren Truxal sent the ball up the field to Abbie Schuster, who found Melissa Huff through Pitt-Bradford’s defense.  

Huff was able to beat her defenders and score the championship-winning point by finding the lower left corner of the goal.

To make the victory even sweeter, Huff and Madelynn Monte were also named AMCC Players of the Week.  Huff, who was additionally named the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Athlete of the Week, scored two game-winning goals in the AMCC tournament alone, one, as previously mentioned, in double overtime to win the championship. 

Monte’s defense was instrumental in the success Behrend has had over the past week as they shutout D’Youville and defeated the Panthers.

The 2-1 victory marked Behrend’s 8th AMCC championship title for women’s soccer.  The Lions finished with a conference record of 8-1 and earned the AMCC co-regular season champion title. 

The women will face William Smith in Geneva this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. for the first round of the NCAA playoffs.  William Smith finished first place in the Liberty League and have an overall record of 13-2-3.