Roman, Sizer Lift Penguins Past Mastodons in Season Opener

Addie Roman (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Addie Roman (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Youngstown, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's soccer opened the 2019 season with a 2-1 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday evening at Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex.

Marcella Sizer's goal in the 51st minute proved to be the game-winner as the Penguins win their season opener for the first time since 2016.

YSU improves to 1-0 while the Mastodons drop to 0-1.

Addie Roman got the scoring started for the Penguins when she converted a corner kick off passes from Sammy Salatino and Regan LaVigna in the second minute of action.

During the first half, Zeeyana Jivraj was stout in goal for the Penguins recording seven saves. The Mastodons outshot the Penguins 12-5 in the first 45 minutes while each team had two corners. 

Purdue Fort Wayne opened the second half with a goal in the 49th minute off the foot of Eliese LaCourt to tie the game at 1-1. Just two minutes later, Sizer's goal put the Penguins ahead 2-1 after she dribbled the ball with defenders draped all over her from just inside the midfield line into the box before firing a strike into the back of the net. 

For the game, the Mastodons outshot the Penguins 23-13 and had more shots on goal, 9-4. Purdue Fort Wayne also held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-2. LaVigna led the Penguins with a team-high three shots while Jivraj finished the game nine saves. 

The Penguins return to the pitch on Sunday, August 25 when they host St. Bonaventure at 1 p.m. from Farmers National Bank Field. 

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