Hale's PK Lifts Women's Soccer over Point Park
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Garrett
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matthew Hunter
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury Eagles women’s soccer answered the challenge Saturday afternoon in front of a homecoming crowd on a cold, blustery Asbury soccer field. In a game that held substantial implications for KIAC postseason—more specifically who would be the number one seed in the playoff—the Eagles rose to the challenge.
After a scoreless first half that saw plenty of opportunities, the lone score came in the 59th minute after a Pioneer foul was called in the Pioneers’ own defensive box. A handball foul called on a Point Park defender led to Asbury’s best chance of the game—a penalty kick. Head coach Brooke Lincoln tabbed sophomore Kathryn Hale for the penalty kick and she didn’t disappoint. Hale beat the keeper to give Asbury the advantage 1-0.
Fortunately, the Pioneers (6-10-1) would never respond thanks in part to a stalwart performance from the Eagles’ goalkeeper Lizzie Hoffa, who saved seven shots for her team including what most in attendance thought would have been a sure goal for the visitors on a breakaway opportunity late in the half. Hoffa held her ground and made the save, holding the Pioneers scoreless. Hoffa’s clean sheet performance is her third shutout in the Eagles’ last four matches.
The Eagles currently sit even at .500 on the year with a record of 8-8. The win is the Eagles fifth in their last seven, while outscoring their opponents 19-5 over that same span.
With the Eagles winning on Senior Day, they now travel to Cincinnati to take on Cincinnati Christian University for their final regular season game of the year on Tuesday, October 29th as they also look to finish the regular season undefeated in KIAC play.