First half outburst sends Lady Rams to CACC title game; Defeat Georgian Court, 3-0

Trisha Sileo
Trisha Sileo

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's soccer team scored three times  over a 10:10 span during the first half on its way to a 3-0 victory over Georgian Court University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) semifinal Thursday afternoon at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

The Lady Rams (16-2-2), the top seed in the tournament, advances to the conference final Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Philadelphia, who is seeking its first CACC title since 2006, will play the winner Holy Family, a 3-2 winner over Dominican  (N.Y.) in the other semifinal.

Philadelphia defeated Holy Family, 1-0, in the only meeting between the schools on Sept. 21 at Ravenhill Field

 24:21 with her seventh goal of 2011. After receiving a pass from Carla Chmielewski, Sileo deposited her shot into the lower left corner from 19 yards away.

Janine Cascio's sixth goal of the year doubled the Philadelphia advantage at 27:31. Gabrielle Haden centered the ball from the left side and Cascio, who was alone in the penalty area, put the ball into the center of the goal.

The Lady Rams' final goal came off the head of Melissa Copeland at the 32:32 mark. Haden lofted the ball into the penalty area where Copeland was able to knock the ball into the right side of the goal. The goal is Copeland's seventh of the year.

Keepers Kelli Kowalewski and Rebecca Della Peruta combined on the shutout for the Lady Rams. Kowalewski, who was credited with the win, stopped two shots in the first 74:58. Della Peruta made one save in the final 15:02.

Georgian Court (11-9) keeper Shealyn Sullivan recorded seven saves. The Lady Rams owned a 19-11 shot advantage.

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