The Waynesburg University women’s soccer team (2-6-0) lost too Pitt Greensburg (8-0-0) Tuesday evening, 3-1 in regulation. After a scoreless first half, the Jackets drew first blood shortly after halftime. Senior midfielder Teagan Jenner scored in the 47th minute of the game on a penalty kick.
The Jackets held that lead until freshman midfielder Ashley Lucas sent an 18-yard shot into sophomore goalkeeper Emma Burns’ hands. The 5’3 Burns couldn’t leap high enough to knock the ball down and keep it from going into the net. Pitt Greensburg would then score two more goals and hold onto the lead to stay unbeaten and untied.
Head coach Laura Heethuis wasn’t happy with her team’s performance, but realized it’s a part of the ups and downs that come in the season. She said the team needs to focus on finishing.
“It was a frustrating game,” Heethuis said. “I think there were bits and pieces of it [that] went well but not a full 90 minutes [went] well. We have to work on going back to separate things and focus on the process of the game and focus on playing 45 minutes at a time and winning those 45 minutes.”
In the second half, the Bobcats out shott the Jackets by a slim margin, 9-8. Only two of those shots were on goal.
In the 88th minute, the Jackets were still scraping for a chance to get back into the game when Bodcat forward Allie Grimm put the game away when her header off a corner kick.
Playing with a small lead can be a dangerous thing as the Jackets saw their advantage disappear in five minutes of play. Those few mistakes in a small window ended up being costly for Waynesburg, who was playing with confidence throughout the second half after the first goal.
“I think [the first goal] gave us a little boost of confidence,” Heethuis said. “We were able to move the ball and keep things flowing. We were getting our outside backs up and things were looking really good to start but as I said we had a defensive break down and let someone dribble through and they were able to put one on the board and that deflated us a little bit.”
Following the Jackets seventh loss of the season, the team will shift its attention to Presidents’ Athletic Conference play.
Waynesburg begins its PAC slate at 1 p.m. Saturday as the travel to play Chatham who defeated the Jackets last year, 2-1 at John F. Wiley Stadium.