Jackets fight hard, but fall short to Westminster

The Waynesburg University women’s soccer team put up a good fight against Westminster, the first-place team in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Jackets, who dropped to 2-10-2 overall and 0-3-2 in conference play, didn’t do enough to come away victorious though, as Westminster won 1-0 Saturday night at John F. Wiley Stadium.

Westminster now improves to 9-5-2 overall and 4-0-1 in PAC play. The game winning goal came in the 49th minute for the Titans when senior forward Kayla Trozzi chipped freshman goalkeeper Autumn Blair from approximately 20 yards away for her team leading 10th goal of the season. 

Trozzi took advantage of the room the Waynesburg defense was giving her.

“They gave her [Trozzi] the space to shoot,” Blair said. “Knowing prior to that they shoot out pretty far. I had a feeling that they might shoot out by 30 yards.”

The Titans held on for the victory thanks to great defensive play. Westminster held Waynesburg to three shots and only two of them on goal. Westminster had plenty of offense throughout the night as the Titans tallied 20 shots, with nine of them on goal.

Blair kept the Jackets in the game recording eight saves. Some of those saves were difficult ones which gave the Jackets hope.

“I think my performance overall was really good,” Blair said. “Really strong, just being able to keep my team in this game and help them out, really feels great.”

With Blair being a freshman and already Waynesburg’s starting goalkeeper, she credited her coaches with building her confidence.

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence,” Blair said. “Having my coaches be confident in me to play these games, start for them, continue to keep the team in the game it means really a lot. It just builds my confidence greatly.”

Waynesburg’s next game is Tuesday Oct. 22 when it travels to Latrobe to battle with the St. Vincent Bearcats. Kickoff is scheduled at 4 p.m. and the Bearcats have only one win on the season.