By Joshua Laska – Sports/Managing Editor
The No. 3 California University of Pennsylvania women’s team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie at West Chester on Sept. 21. But came back the next game and beat East Stroudsburg 5-0 on Sept. 24 for Family Day and the dedication of the Cal U soccer complex. The Vulcans are now 5-0-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in PSAC play.
The Vulcans did have their opportunities to score posting ten shots on goal. Junior forward Carley Work led the team with four shots on goal. However, it took until the 63rd minute when junior midfielder Kayla Fransko scored her first goal of the season to give the Vulcans a 1-0 lead.
With less than five minutes left in regulation the Golden Rams of West Chester evened the score to force overtime. Senior goalkeeper Paula Jackson tied her career high of eight saves in the tie. This marks the first tie the Vulcans have posted since a 1-1 tie to West Chester last Nov. in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament.
After East Stroudsburg’s goalie was ejected, in the 32nd minute, for receiving a red card after taking out senior forward Breeanna Robinson the Vulcans did not look back. Robinson made sure to get her revenge and buried a shot in the back of the net in the 33rd minute off of a pass from Work.
In the second half, Work came out firing and scored her first goal of the game in the 51st minute, off of a pass from sophomore midfielder Chelsea Norbuts. Six minutes later Work scored her second goal of the game again off of a pass from Norbuts.
The Vulcans took a 4-0 lead in the 67th minute when freshman forward Chelsea Crockett registered her second goal of the season off of assist from senior defensive back Kayla Klimasko. Work scored her third goal of the game to complete her second hat trick of the season, off of a feed from senior forward Jodi McDonald.
Cal U out shot ESU 30-5 and attempted an impressive 24 shots in the second half.
The Vulcans returned to action on Sept. 28 when they took on Gannon, but that game ended to late for press time. The Vulcans travel to Mercyhurst tomorrow to take on the Lakers at 4 p.m. Look for a recap of both games in next weeks Cal Times.