Robert Morris women’s soccer team took down Mount St. Mary’s in a dominating fashion, winning 3-0 to extend its unbeaten streak at sevent games to start the season.
The Colonials are now 6-0-1 overall and the Mount hold a record of 1-4-1.
“I was happy with our performance today and the players ability to deal with the game-time change and how that impacted our routine. Our team did a great job of limiting Mount St. Mary’s chances, but we still need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal,” Chris Shaw, Robert Morris’ Head Coach said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Colonials got right to business on a hot, sunny day down in Emmitsburg, Md. In the first minute of the match, Malia Kearns recorded the first shot of the day.
RMU’s first quality chance came in the ninth minute, as a ball from the left side was played across the front of the six-yard box, finding sophomore Taylor Day on the back post. Day just couldn’t get there in time as she managed to get a piece, going just wide of the goal.
Moments later, in a similar situation, captain Kaoru Hayashi found the left-back Emily Rocco in open space down the left side. Rocco served a ball across the box, as three Colonial players were basically unmarked, tracking the ball down before goal. It would be sophomore Jillian Marvin stepping up to the cross and pounding it in to take the 1-0 advantage.
Continuing through the first half, RMU kept pressing the Mount’s defense and disallowing them from gaining any momentum and possession for long periods of time. In the 23rd minute, Malia Kearns ripped a shot from about 30 yards out, almost reaching the top-left corner of the goal.
Three minutes later, Mohrbacher held the ball just outside the 18. As Mount St. Mary players were closing in, Mohrbacher fed the ball to Hayashi coming down the left side, wide open. Hayashi took a touch off Mohrbacher’s brilliant pass, aiming to the left side with her shot, but goalkeeper Klil Keshwar made the stop.
For the remainder of the half, the Colonials sprayed three more shots and earned two corner kick opportunities. RMU did not find the second goal they were looking for in the first half, but they withheld Mount St. Mary’s from even attempting one shot in the first half. As the visitors, RMU outshot the Mount, 9-0.
Onto the second half, the Colonials continued to keep play in the offensive zone. After posting two more shots, Taylor Day finally answered with the second goal they were looking for. Coming down the right side, freshman Shauna Gamble made a pass to Haleigh Finale. The senior forward made a low driven pass to Day, finding her outside the box. Day took one touch to her left and with quick footwork she curled one into the bottom left corner, beating the keeper.
About 10 minutes later, the super sub Lidia Nduka did it once again. She walked onto the field in the 70th minute and then scored in the 73rd. Day found Nduka forward, giving her a 1v1 opportunity. Nduka took a dribble to the left and then cut back right, faked out the defender and then beat the goalie with a shot into the bottom-right corner.
After scoring three goals, the Colonials kept their foot on the gas. Over the next four minutes, RMU hammered two more shots and were given three more chances from the corner kick spot. California native Shauna Gamble almost headed in her first career goal off a corner kick. Kaoru Hayashi played the ball perfectly as she consistently does, finding Gamble near the goal. Gamble headed one high but the keeper punched it out.
Closing out the game, RMU played solid in front of goalkeeper Brenna Murray and didn’t allow any dangerous goal-scoring opportunities for the Mount. Murray earned another clean sheet, and RMU came away victorious, 3-0.
Heading back out on the road, the Colonials will have a quick turnaround, as they take on Le Moyne on Friday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. The following week, conference play will pick up in the Horizon League