October 31, 2012

Grove City tops W&J in semifinals

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's soccer team advanced to the finals of the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament by pulling out a 2-1 semifinal victory over visiting Washington & Jefferson Wednesday afternoon at Grove City High School's Forker Field.

Sophomore defender Nicole Youngs-Stahl (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford) scored her first collegiate goal at 80:20, breaking a 1-1 tie. Youngs-Stahl drilled the ball from 35 yards out. The ball bounced over the head of W&J goalkeeper Sarah Youngblood and into the goal, putting Grove City (15-3-1) ahead.

Grove City took a 1-0 lead at 10:30 when junior Sam Weber (Freeport, Pa./Freeport) scored on a penalty kick. Weber now leads the Wolverines with 12 goals this year.

W&J (10-8-1) forged a 1-1 tie at 28:45 on an unassisted goal by Holly Shipley.

Grove City owned a 16-6 edge in shots and a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. For Grove City, sophomore goalkeeper Kristi Lathrop (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) stopped three shots in earning her 14th win of the year. Youngblood made five saves for W&J.

During the regular season, Grove City dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at W&J October 13. The Wolverines had not defeated W&J since a 3-2 triumph September 26, 2009. The Wolverines' 15 wins this year are the third-most in program history. Grove City won 16 matches in both 2003 and 2007.

Grove City will face top-seeded Thomas More in Saturday's championship match.

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