September 6, 2007

Wolverines blank Pitt-Greensburg, 8-0

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Eight different Grove City players scored goals Thursday afternoon, vaulting the Wolverines to an 8-0 victory over visiting Pitt-Greensburg in non-conference women's soccer action at College Field. It is Grove City's third straight home victory.

Junior Stephanie Wild (Carmel, Ind./Heritage Christian) and sophomore Lauren Woodring (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) each recorded a goal and an assist in the victory. Sophomore Elise Bender (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) assisted on a pair of first-half goals, helping Grove City lead 5-0 at the half.

Freshman Emily Ostlund (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) gave Grove City (3-0) a 1-0 lead at the 6:40 mark, following an assist from Bender. Eight minutes later, Bender assisted Wild, who scored her team-leading third goal of the season at 14:51. At 15:33, sophomore Michelle Peck (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) recorded her first goal of the season after a feed from Wild.

Woodring scored her second goal of 2007 at 25:17, pushing Grove City's lead to 4-0. Junior Trish Griffith (Meadville, Pa./Saegertown) assisted Woodring. Junior Anne Koller (Titusville, Pa./Homeschooled) capped the scoring in the first half with an unassisted goal at 38:32.

Three Grove City players scored their first collegiate goal, respectively, in the second half. Sophomore Courtney Sicher (Moneta, Va./Franklin County) scored at 53:21, following a Woodring assist. Sophomore Jessica Andrew (Bow, N.H./Bow) scored Grove City's seventh goal at 79:39 while freshman Carla Shula (Export, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) added an unassisted goal at 87:28.

Grove City out-shot Pitt-Greensburg (0-2-1), 41-10. The Wolverines also had seven corner kicks. UPG had one corner kick.

In goal, junior goalkeepers Diana Pragel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Arcadia) and Bethany Preston (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois) combined for the shutout. Pragel made one save in the first half, while in the second half, Preston stopped five shots. Preston also stopped a penalty kick.

Grove City is now 3-0 for the second straight season. The Wolverines will look for their fourth straight victory Saturday afternoon at Lake Erie College. The non-conference match begins at 1 p.m. Grove City last started a season 4-0 since 2000.

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