Two Second Half Goals Push Women's Soccer Past St. Francis (Pa.), 3-2

Raquel Costa Correia (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Raquel Costa Correia (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Loretto, Pennsylvania - The Youngstown State women's soccer team used a pair of second half goals to defeat St. Francis (Pa.) by a score of 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Stokes Soccerplex.

Marcella Sizer tied the game at 2-2 in the 56th minute before Raquel Costa Correia scored what went on to be the game-winning goal at the 60:31 mark. Sizer who picked up an assist on the Costa Correia goal also scored the Penguins first goal of the game in the 26th minute. Sizer now has four goals on the season while Costa Correia recorded her first collegiate goal.

The Penguin improve to 2-4 while the Red Flash drop to 1-3-1.

After a few corner kick and shot opportunities in the early minutes of the match, the Red Flash took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Aubrey Suydam at the 9:36 mark.

St Francis threatened to extend their lead in the 23rd minute when a shot from Jaela House hit the post, but the Penguins were able to tie the game just three minutes later. Marcella Sizer scored on a pass from Regan LaVigna in the 26th minute to make the game 1-1.

Sizer nearly gave YSU the lead headed into the break when at shot at the 44:21 mark hit the crossbar. At the half, the Red Flash were outshooting the Penguins 9-6 and had more corner kick opportunities, 4-0. Four different Penguins registered shots in the first half while Kate McEachern made three saves. 

The Red Flash retook the lead to open the second half when Corinne Renninger converted a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. Sizer responded for the Penguins when she scored her second goal of the afternoon to tie the game at 2-2 during the 56th minute.

Just three minutes later the Penguins took the lead on a goal from Costa Correia. Costa Correia received a pass from Sizer before putting it in the back of the net in the 61st minute. The Red Flash responded with a scoring threat where McEachern had to make a save followed by a shot that hit the cross bar. 

Both teams had scoring chances over the final 29 minutes of the match but the Penguins held on despite being outshot 17-11 by the Red Flash. Five different Penguins recorded shots on the afternoon while McEachern finished the game with four saves.

The Penguins return to Farmers National Bank Field on Friday, September 13 when those host Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m.

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