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Kaoru Hayashi’s 2nd half game-winner leads Robert Morris past Detroit Mercy, 2-1

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From Robert Morris University Athletic Department report

Robert Morris University women’s soccer team picked up another conference win, beating the University of Detroit Mercy, 2-1.

The Colonials are overall 9-2-2 on the season and 3-2 in Horizon League contests. Now, the Titans are 4-6-3 in 2023 and 2-3 in conference.


Scoring another early goal, the Colonials only needed about 10 minutes of time to get one past Detroit Mercy on the day.

Possessing the ball down the left side of the goal, Renae Mohrbacher found Taylor Day in front of the goal. Facing the opposite direction of the goal, Day took a touch to her left and slotted a shot past the keeper, giving RMU an early 1-0 lead.

As the game continued, the Titans started to create some chances on the offense. Playing in goal, Brenna Murray made four stops over the next 20 minutes, but Detroit Mercy eventually executed on a play. Off a corner kick, Ashley Bates hit one in to tie up the game.

Fighting back before the half ended, the Colonials got back to the other end. The team posted three shots and earned two corner kick chances. The scoreboard showed a 1-1 tie after 45 minutes.

Entering the second half, Brenna Murray made two key saves to preserve a 1-1 tie.

Going the other way in the 55th minute, the Colonials built from the back, inching their way forward up the field. Mohrbacher found freshman Shauna Gamble in the center of the field. She passed over to the right, finding midfielder Kaoru Hayashi.

The captain dribbled by a player, took a touch to her left foot and blasted a shot over 35 yards out, landing in the top left corner of the goal.

From then on out, the Colonials slowed down the game. Detroit Mercy still stayed on the attack pushing numbers forward. They pushed five more shots towards goal and Murray made an additional three saves.

After 90 minutes of play, the home side was victorious, winning 2-1.

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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