Lady Cats earn double-overtime win

Emily Moore, Staff Writer

For the first time in three years, the Pitt-Johnstown women’s soccer team won a match.

The Lady Cats defeated Goldey-Beacom College (Wilmington, Del.) Oct. 29 in a 2-1 game, winning in double-overtime on Senior Day.

Prior to the match, Pitt-Johnstown recgonized this years seniors  Ellen Brady, Erica Enarusal and Emily Helms.

After 74 minutes of play, Pitt-Johnstown took a 1-0 lead when freshmen defensemen Khori Weaver netted the ball after a scramble in the box.

Goldey-Beacom came back just one minute later to tie the game when senior forward Tatiana Marshall took advantage of a rebound, getting the ball passed Lady Cats sophomore goalkeeper Leigh Appolonia.

Sophomore middle Sam Bahorich said the Lady Cats have been working on different drills throughout the season.

Bahorich’s goal three minutes into the second overtime lifted the Pitt-Johnstown women’s soccer team to a 2-1 non conference win.

The Lady Cats closed out the year with a 1-16-1 overall record and a 0-16-1 record in conference play.

“We worked on shooting a lot and making sure we kept the ball on the ground so that the wind wouldn’t manipulate the ball and we focused on creative runs so that we could create more scoring opportunities,” said Bahorich.

To improve, Bahorich said they had to learn new ideas.

“We learned a new formation so, as the season went on, we understood how it was supposed to work,” said Bahorich.

“We also started five to seven freshmen on any given day so, we learned how each other played and were able to connect with them better on the field.”

Bahorich said next year’s freshmen will improve the team.

“We are only losing three seniors so we will still have the majority of our team to build off of.”

Working on new drills and plays should help the team and individual players continue to excel and have a better winning percentage next season.

“Personally, I would like to focus on shooting and getting better at being a forward, now that I no longer play defense,” said Bahorich.

“As a team, we will be coming off of a win so we will be focused on getting more of them next season.”

Helms said the team never gave up on each other or their love for the game, despite losing.

“We have progressed at every practice and have been competing with teams ranked high in our division,” said Helms

Their final game of the season was when everything came together for the Lady Cats.

“We focused on just playing our game. Usually, we worry too much about making mistakes on the field,” said Helms.

“It was a beautiful day and the team just relaxed; we pushed everything aside and focused on playing as a team.”

Even though she is graduating, Helms said she anticipates more success.

“Out of my four years with the team, I was the most happy with this year’s team.”

Helms said she thinks the level of talent from the underclassmen will lead the team to success next year.

“Communication was key. We only had four upperclassmen, so the team is really young; we struggled coming together in the beginning because we barely knew each other, and the younger ones were inexperienced,” said Helms.