Horizon League Women’s Soccer Tournament First Round
FINAL: Robert Morris 4, Wright State 1
The Robert Morris women’s soccer program made its Horizon League postseason debut, and they made the most of it, beating Wright State 4-1, staying on the front foot throughout the match on a very rainy, cool afternoon at AHN Montour Junction Soccer Complex.
Leading the way, Kaoru Hayashi and Shauna Gamble each had a goal & two assists; plus other goals from Paloma Swankler & Haleigh Finale
It was a historical first-ever postseason win for the Colonials (12-4-3), as they move on to the Semifinal Round of the Horizon League tournament, as they’re now set to face No. 1 Milwaukee, on Thursday, November 2, at 2 p.m. ET, in Wisconsin.
Gamble picked a heck of a time to net her first career goal, coming in the 21st minute, as she converted on RMU’s corner kick opportunity delivered by Hayashi.
— RMU Women's Soccer (@RMUWSoccer) October 29, 2023
Wright State responded less than eight minute later, as Kaylin Helinski hit the equalizer.
The Colonials kept coming forward and were on the attack in a match where they created 17 shots, putting 12 on frame, creating another set piece opportunity, this time in the 39th minute, on a free kick sent over from a Hayashi which Gamble kept alive by the far post, then Finale converted to give RMU a 2-1 lead right before the half.
Early in the second half, Paloma Swankler made a well-time run behind the defender, then took a pass from Gamble, to lift the Colonials to a two-goal lead.
— Horizon League (@HorizonLeague) October 29, 2023
Hayaski completed the scoring, with an unassisted goal in the 68th minute.
It was RMU’s second win this season vs Wright State, who they defeated 4-2 in September. The Colonials held the edge in shots (17-12, 12-4 on frame), corners (6-3), and forced Wright State into conceding 18 fouls (RMU had 7).
Look for more on this match to come on PSN.