The Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets defeated the Hiram College Terriers 2-0 picking up its second shutout and third win to start the season.
It was very even for both sides in the first half with neither team being able to find a way to break through early.
“In the first half we got in some good spots and just couldn’t get that final connection in the attacking third it was just a step slow a few times,” Samuel Hawkins said.
But at halftime the team was able to readjust and provide a second half response.
“It was just an adjustment in attitude and effort from the guys to close out a game,” head coach Treg Lunger said.
“But in the second half we came out hard and gained momentum. We played faster and pushed the pace when in the attack leading to many chances,” Hawkins said.
Then just 10 minutes into the second half Hawkins found the ball at his feet just about six yards from the goaline. The now Graduate student slotted it into the back of the net for what was his second goal of the season already.
“I’ve just been able to get into some great attacking positions this year already,” Hawkins said. “We have spent a lot of time in our attacking third so far and when we continue to do this the chances and goals will come for the team.”
The Yellow jackets were able to then carry their 1-0 lead until they got the insurance goal they were looking for.
Freshman forward Zachary Johnson was able to drive at the defense and beat the goalkeeper one on one late in the second half with only 10 minutes left.
This is not the first freshman who was able to get on the score sheet this season. Matthew Serrano who is also a freshman was able to score two goals in their previous game. Lunger who has seen early success from the first years and wishes to continue to provide them with chances.
“We want to continue to give opportunities to players that deserve to be in moments,” Lunger said. “That doesn’t change if you are a freshman or a fifth year like
Waynesburg would then go on to hold Hiram scoreless who, like the Jackets, have also started the season in good form.
However for the Terriers the Jackets were able to make it three wins out of three to start the season which makes it one of the best starts for the program since 2013.
“This is the best start to the season I’ve ever had here at Waynesburg,” Hawkins said. “I’d say what’s different about the team this year is that there is a strong will to fight like last night I thought we played a very complete game there really was no drop off in effort or focus throughout the night.”
Waynesburg now moves ahead to their next matchup which is tomorrow September 14th, at 4pm at Pitt Greensburg.