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Early Milwaukee scoring blitz spoils Robert Morris women’s soccer opener

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From Robert Morris University report

Robert Morris University women’s soccer team dropped its home opener by a final score of 5-1 against the visiting Milwaukee Panthers at SouthPointe Field House Wednesday afternoon.

The loss moves RMU to 0-1 (0-1 Horizon League) on the season.

Despite a lop-sided final score, the Colonials pushed forward and showed plenty of fight against the five-time regular season defending champion Panthers Wednesday in what was their first game action in 460 days and the first of head coach Chris Shaw‘s tenure with the program.

“For us, we kew it was going to be a lot of learning today,” Shaw said.  “I’d never seen any of these girls compete in a game, so you have practice players and gamers and today we started to find out who our gamers are.”

Milwaukee opened the scoring in the 7th minute, then would add three more for a commanding 4-0 lead before the opening 45 minutes were up.

Colonials continued to work, especially in midfield where they made life as tough as possible on an extremely efficient Panthers attack.

“They’re very athletic and well coached,” Shaw said.  “When you have a system built up and established the way Troy has, it’s easier to bring in five or six new freshman and acclimate them to the team as opposed to taking 18 girls and teaching them a whole new system.”

After a fifth goal for the Panthers in the 77th minute, Sheridan Reid finally broke the ice for RMU to get the Colonials on the board with a long, looping strike that sailed over the head of UW keeper Elaina LaMacchia into the far corner for her first of the season.

For RMU, building off that lone goal and the lessons learned against the league’s best team will give them plenty to work on between now and next weekend’s game against Northern Kentucky.

“We’re going to learn from today, and we’re going to get better,” Shaw said.  “The result wasn’t what we wanted, the scoreline wasn’t what we wanted, but there’s still a lot of positives that can be taken from this.”

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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