By Logan Arblaster
From September 27th, 2022
LATROBE, Pa. (Sept. 27) – The Waynesburg women’s soccer team tied Saint Vincent College on the road in a scoreless conference matchup.
This Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) showdown was all defense as neither team was able to capitalize on opportunities. With the season slightly over its halfway point, all teams are in a position to take a step up in the conference standings.
The top 6 of 11 teams in the conference move on to the playoffs. Waynesburg (2-4-3, 0-1-2) is tied with the Bearcats (4-3-2, 0-1-2) in the PAC standings and was not able to find the offense necessary to register one goal.
The Black and Burnt Orange put together a solid performance against another challenging team. The Yellow Jackets, one game removed from tying the back-to-back PAC defending champions, aimed to keep their momentum rolling.
Waynesburg head coach George DeAugustino wants to keep building on the team’s progress so far.
“In terms of results, yes, our momentum continued,” DeAugustino said. “We are starting to play a much more consistent brand of soccer. We are still right there in the standings.”
The Bearcats came out strong testing the Waynesburg backline firing 21 shots throughout the game. The Waynesburg backline passed the test, which was a major reason for the scoreless tie.
“Every year it is our goal to make it to the tournament,” DeAugustino said. “We want to be in the top six year in and year out, and ultimately win the PAC.”
Senior goalkeeper Kennedy Shuck had seven saves in the contest, posting her first career complete-game shutout.
After the game, Coach DeAugustino complimented his team’s ability to keep the St. Vincent offense contained.
“Defensively proud, we put up a clean sheet,” DeAugustino said. “I’m proud of the group, it takes eleven to defend.”
Although, DeAugustino did recognize there is room to improve.
“It’s tough not to score one though, we have to create more opportunities,” he said. “It is tough we couldn’t get three points (for a win) on the road, but we’ll take one point for now and try to get three down the road.”
The Yellow Jackets have shown their character and grit in consecutive games, pulling off two ties in a row.
The women’s soccer team will go on the road and shift their focus to Thiel College on Saturday, Oct. 1.