SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna University’s sophomore midfielder Kelly Bassett (Westwood, N.J./Pascack Valley) scored the lone goal of the game to give the Crusaders a 1-0 victory over Neumann University at Sassafras Fields on Sept. 15.
The early part of the game was played nearly entirely in Neumann’s half of the field. On the few occassions the ball passed into Susquehanna (2-3-0 overall) territory, the Crusaders defenders quickly moved the ball back upfield. Despite having opportunities, SU managed only one shot over the first 20 minutes.
Midway through the half Neumann (1-3-0 overall) started to see more action of offense but Susquehanna’s defense continued its solid play to keep the Knights off the scoreboard.
SU’s senior forward Alison Chavers (Freehold, N.J./Ranney) had the first real threat but her shot with 11:42 remaining in the half went a few inches high of the net.
In the 54th minute, Bassett took a centering pass from junior forward Chayna Schiff (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newton) and shot it past the goalkeeper from point blank range to get SU on the board.
An offsides call less than a minute later negated what would have been another SU goal and a 2-0 lead. Momentum seemed to have shifted the Crusaders’ way, however, as Neumann had manged only two shots 25 minutes into the second period while Susquehanna continued to pressure the Knights defenders.
Freshman Rachel Norbuts (Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown) stopped six shots to record her second win and shutout of the season. Her sixth and final save of the contest proved to be the most crucial one of the game. With just seconds remaining in the game, a Neumann player took a last ditch effort at a goal and put the shot on net. Norbuts jumped up and punched the ball over the crossbar to end the game to preserve the shutout and victory.
Next game: Saturday, Sept. 18 – home vs. Lebanon Valley at 1 p.m.