No. 16 Cardinals Jump On Gophers Early
Shaner Makes Career-High 20 Saves in 18-10 Setback
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Including the career-high 20 she made today, Ashley Shaner (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) has now been credited with a total of 38 saves during Goucher's last two visits to the nation's capital to take on Catholic.
Neither time, unfortunately, were her efforts enough for the Gophers to knock off the Cardinals, who moved up to No. 16 in this week's IWLCA Division III national rankings. Although they were denied 20 times today by the junior goalkeeper, the four-time defending Landmark Conference champions still managed to deposit 18 of their 47 shots into the net to emerge with a convincing 18-10 triumph over head coach Katie Trainor's squad.
Shaner's previous career-high total for saves was the 18 she made in a 19-9 loss to Catholic in the semifinals of the 2011 Landmark Conference postseason tournament.
The Cardinals (7-4, 2-0 Landmark) unleashed 32 shots in the first half of today's contest and jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Theresa Ciletti and Meghan Brady both had two goals to their credit before the Gophers (4-8, 0-2 Landmark) got on the scoreboard for the first time on an unassisted goal by Anneke Ossorio (Lafayette, Colo./Kent Denver School) with 13:31 to play before halftime.
Catholic rallied the final five goals of the first half and departed the field at the break with a comfortable 13-3 advantage.
The closest Goucher got at any point during the second half was on a goal by Hannah Khin (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) midway through the period that made the score 14-8, but the Cardinals responded with four consecutive goals to once again assume a double-digit lead at 18-8.
Ossorio and Khin both supplied the Gophers with four goals, while Becca Smith (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) and Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas/St. Andrews Episcopal) added one apiece. Ossorio had the only assist for Goucher the entire game.
The Cardinals finished with a 47-20 edge in shots.