Blue Knight Women's Soccer News

Urbana Undone by MEC Champs in Season Finale

The 2014 Mountain East Conference regular season champs from Notre Dame College handed Urbana University a 2-0 loss in the Blue Knights’ 2014 finale on Wednesday afternoon. Notre Dame wrapped up the regular season title in their last contest. The Falcons improve to 12-1-2 on the year, including a 10-1-2 mark in the MEC. One of those wins was a 5-1 decision over the Blue Knights in South Euclid, Ohio earlier in the fall.

On Wednesday, the visitors started the scoring on a 30-yard blast by Alexis Manoa in the 7th minute. Manoa’s shot careened off the post into the back of the net to put NDC out in front early. Urbana actually had more shots on goal than the MEC’s top team until the 71st minute when NDC’s 7th shot on goal found the back of the net to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Megan O’Connor redirected a pass from Katherine Beattie past UU goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli. Urbana’s offense finished with 6 shots on goal, 3 by Hannah Rembach, but the Blue Knights couldn’t get one past NDC keeper Sam Shoemaker. Read More

Rams Edge Women's Soccer 1-0

Oct. 25th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s soccer team is experiencing a little déjà vu at the tail end of the 2014 season. Like last year, Urbana got out to a promising start, but the Blue Knights are faltering down the stretch. Urbana ended 2013 on a six-game losing streak, and on Saturday afternoon at Shepherd University, the Blue Knights suffered their fifth straight loss with one match remaining. Shepherd edged Urbana 1-0 on a late goal.

The Blue Knights and keeper Taylor Gianangeli were able to keep the Rams at bay until the 73rd minute. An Urbana foul granted the home team a free kick which was promptly deposited into the back of the net by Kesley N. Smith to give Shepherd a 1-0 lead. Urbana’s offense wasn’t able to muster another shot attempt over the final 17 minutes. Gianangeli made 8 stops in 90 minutes in goal. Read More

Concord Continues Women's Soccer's Skid

Oct. 21st, 2014

On a cold, wet Tuesday afternoon at Urbana University Stadium, the Blue Knight women’s soccer team dropped their fourth straight conference contest, falling 2-0 to visiting Concord University.

The Blue Knights and Mountain Lions played to a scoreless draw at Concord back on September 24th. Urbana opened the game with a couple of golden opportunities, but it was the visitors that capitalized first. During a four-minute span in the first half, Concord collected a pair of rebounded shots right in front of Urbana’s goal and punched the balls into the back of the net for a quick 2-0 lead. Kari Simon scored the first ricochet. Then, it was Simon’s shot that ricocheted to teammate Sami Spertzel for the second goal. Read More

Bobcats Avenge Earlier Loss at Urbana

Oct. 18th, 2014

The West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s soccer team avenged an earlier loss to Urbana University on Saturday night. The Bobcats handed Urbana its lone conference win at UU Stadium three weeks ago, but it was the Bobcats who came out on top 2-1 in Buckhannon, West Virginia on Saturday.

The home team got on the board first when Rachel Ritchey beat UU keeper Taylor Gianangeli in the 23rd minute. Just 63 seconds later, Urbana found an equalizer. Sophomore Emily Retterer (pictured) netted her first career goal to tie the game 1-1. The home crowd didn’t have to wait long for the Bobcats’ go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner. Ritchey’s second goal came less than 5 minutes after her first, and the Bobcat defense shut out Urbana over the final 53 minutes to hold on for the 2-1 win. Read More

Golden Eagles Get By Blue Knights 4-1

Oct. 14th, 2014

The Blue Knight women’s soccer team remained winless in their last five contests with a 4-1 home loss to the Golden Eagles from the University of Charleston on Tuesday afternoon. Playing under windy and rainy conditions, the visitors were able to push a pair of goal across in both halves soar past the Blue Knights.

Charleston got on the board first in the 10th minute when Holly Bigg touched a pass from Brittany Akers past Urbana goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli. Urbana answered 15 minutes later with a similar goal by Savannah Thomas (pictured). Hannah Rembach provided the pinpoint pass ahead to Thomas. Before the halftime horn, Bigg netted her second goal of the afternoon on another beautiful pop-up pass from teammate Courtney Underwood. Golden Eagle Lauren Haven scored twice in a 10-minute span in the second half to put the game away for UC. Read More