McKeesport, Pa. - In a complete team effort, the Penn State Greater Allegheny women's soccer team went on to defeat the Westmoreland College Wolfpack, 5-1, Thursday afternoon.
Within the first eighty seconds of the game, senior forward Kristina Dague (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) received a pass from sophomore forward Gaby Selmi (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Owen-Withee) and senior midfielder Melissa Loftus (Oxford, Pa./Oxford) and put the ball in the left upper ninety of the net, 1-0 GA.
Just before the twenty minute mark, Loftus served Dague a ball as she hammered it off the post and behind the goalies hands, 2-0 GA. Not long after, sophomore midfielder Pawpar Heat (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) dished the ball to Dague for another before the half, shooting it over the goalies hands and into the next, 3-0 Lions.
Just two minutes into the new half of action, Selmi and senior midfielder Lauren Antosik (McKeesport, Pa./Oakland Catholic) moved the ball to Loftus faked the goalie and put it in the left side of the net, improving the score to 4-0.
With time winding down, senior defender Jess Manfredi (Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic) dribbled up the field and dished the ball to Heat, who put the ball past the goalies hands and capped the Lion scoring drive to 5-0.
Less than four minutes left in regulation, the Wolfpack managed to get on the board off of a penalty kick, ending the game by a 5-1 margin.
Freshman goalkeeper Alexa Byers (Spring Creek, Pa./Corry Area High) notched her first collegiate win in net, as the first-year Lion faced nine shots on goal, stopping eight.
Dague pushed three of her four shots past the goalie as Loftus took ten shots through the contest. Heat put all four of her shots on goal while freshman midfielder Syd Fritchman (Carnegie, Pa./Carlynton) but both of hers on target as well.
As a team, Greater Allegheny posted 25 shots on the game, 19 being on goal.
The women (1-0) go on the road for their first Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) weekend as the Lions look to face Penn State Mont Alto on Saturday at 1 p.m. before finishing their weekend at Penn State Brandywine in another 1 p.m. start.