November 10, 2010

Grove City storms past Misericordia in ECAC match

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the 2010 Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship Tournament by rallying for a 5-1 victory over visiting Misericordia (12-7-2) Wednesday afternoon at College Field.

The second-seeded Wolverines (12-7-1) will now face No. 6 Marywood in Saturday's semifinals. The site and time are to be determined by the outcome of Wednesday's other quarterfinal matches.

Grove City trailed 1-0 at halftime but exploded for five goals in the second half. Grove City scored its first three goals in less than nine minutes at the outset of the second half. Sophomore Grace Rieman (Arlington, Va./Homeschooled) tied the match 1-1 at 46:23 after receiving an assist from freshman Michelle Stevens (Phoenixville, Pa./Great Valley).

The Wolverines then surged ahead at 49:43 when senior Hannah Yang (Davis, Calif./Davis) scored an unassisted her goal. Yang now leads the team with 18 goals.

Yang later assisted Rieman's sixth goal of the season at 53:50 to give Grove City a 3-1 advantage.

Grove City sealed the win with a pair of unassisted goals. Freshman Sarah Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock) scored her third goal of the season at 71:47. Classmate Shannon Bishop (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) closed the scoring at 83:20 with her fifth goal of 2010.

Misericordia took a 1-0 lead at 29:41 on a goal from Jenica Keister. Misericordia outshot Grove City 10-8 in the first half and put eight shots on goal. However, Grove City outshot Misericordia for the match 18-16. The Wolverines also had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

In goal, freshman goalkeeper Tiffany Yost (Christiana, Pa./Living Word) stopped nine shots for Grove City. Morgan Myers made six saves for Misericordia.

Grove City's 75 goals this season as a team are a program record. The 2002 team held the previous record with 73 goals. Yang's 18 goals this year are the second-most in program history, behind the 25 goals scored by Meg Tilley in 2002.

The four-goal margin is Grove City's largest margin of victory in a postseason match. The Wolverines had not faced Misericordia prior to Wednesday's meeting.

Marywood earned a 1-0 overtime victory at No. 3 Penn State Behrend Wednesday. Frostburg State is the tournament's top seed and would host the semifinals and finals this weekend if it defeats Lebanon Valley in the quarterfinals.

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