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Robert Morris rolls past Wright State, 4-1, for first-ever postseason victory

Photo courtesy Justin Berl
Horizon League Women’s Soccer Tournament First Round 

FINAL: Robert Morris 4, Wright State 1

Match Stats 

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.

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.

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.  


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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