September 2, 2014

Women's Soccer Brings Home River Derby Cup

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the second time in three years, the Susquehanna women's soccer team claimed the River Derby Trophy with a 3-0 blanking of Lycoming on a stormy Tuesday night.

Despite a 60-minute delay to the start of the game due to inclement weather, the Crusaders (1-0-1) were not slowed in the least, scoring once in the first half and twice more over the final 45 minutes of action to capture its first victory of the young season.

Susquehanna recorded its first shutout of the season and has surrendered just one goal in the first two games of the season. Senior Sam Zuponcic (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood/Hiram) accounted for two of SU's three goals in the game, bringing her season goal total to three through two games.

Freshman Bianca DiTrolio (Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) opened up the scoring with a goal in the 42nd minute on a breakaway that allowed her to find the lower left side of the net for a 1-0 Crusader lead. Fellow freshman Mairead Ruane (Marywood, N.J./Paramus Catholic) was credited with the assist, her first career point. Morgan Rudko (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) had a chance to make it 2-0 but a shot with 56 seconds remaining was saved by Warriors (0-3-0) goalie Joelle Winey to keep it a 1-0 game at halftime.

It didn't take the Crusaders nearly as long to score in the second half as Zuponcic found the back of the net less than four minutes into the period, scoring off an assist from Alex Edelman (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional). Roughly six minutes later, Zuponcic padded that lead with her second score of the game on a header off a pass from Kate Wiley (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) that Zuponcic redirected past Winey.

While it remained a 3-0 game for the remaining minutes, the Crusaders clearly had their chances to stretch the lead even further, finishing the game with 18 shots to Lycoming's two. In fact, the Warriors were held without a shot for the entirety of the second half.

Susquehanna returns to action on Sept. 6 with a 1 p.m. game at McDaniel.