PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's soccer team tallied three goals in a 17:42 span during the second half to earn a 3-0 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College Monday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Despite being held scoreless in opening half, Philadelphia (5-5-1, 4-2-1 CACC) put together a strong offensive attack, taking 14 half—the most in any half during the season at the point. The Rams put four shots on target, which were all stopped by the Chargers' Angelica Contreras, and hit a pair of post.
Brooke Haden (Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck) rang a shot off the left post at the 11:21 mark and was immediately followed up by Michelle Gagnon (Andover, Mass./Andover) hitting the right post a few seconds later.
Philadelphia was finally able to cash in on a corner kick at the 50:42. Contreras came charging out of her net in to attempt to grab Taylor Mysza's (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) corner kick. She came up empty, leaving the ball to bounce off of multiple players. The ball eventually fell to Megan Sullivan (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford), who simply tapped the ball into the wide open net for her third goal of the season.
The Rams didn't wait long for their second goal as Erin Sullivan (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) scored her first collegiate goal just 3:43 later to increase the advantage to 2-0. Sullivan took a high-arcing shot from about 35 yards away from goal that Contreras lost in the sun. Contreras reached over her head and had the ball slip through her fingers and roll into the net.
Dena Noiseux (Merrimack, Mass./Merrimack) tacked on Philadelphia's third goal at 68:24, beating Contreras in a one-on-one break by toe poking the ball under Contreras' arm and off the left post. The goal is Noiseux's second of the year.
In net, Deanna Messner (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood) recorded her second straight shutout—fourth in 2016—with a two-save effort. Contreras had six saves in the first 81:23. Samantha Simler added three saves over the final 8:37 for Dominican (4-8-0, 4-4-0 CACC)
Philadelphia—who took a season-high 15 shots in the second half—finished with a 29-4 advantage in shots and a 9-0 edge in corner kicks.
The Rams head to Goldey-Beacom for a CACC match on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.