The women’s soccer team defeated two opponents on Carp Wood Field over the weekend to make its first trip to the Final Four since 1998.
The Bombers faced their toughest opponent Saturday, going up against unbeaten Trinity University. The game became a defensive battle, as neither team relinquished a single goal through regulation or the first extra time period. The Tigers outshot the Bombers 25-18, but junior goalkeeper Becca Salant had another standout game, making nine saves to ultimately preserve the shutout and the win. Sophomore forward Jackie Rodabaugh scored the game’s only goal in the second overtime period by beating Trinity freshman goalkeeper Devan Osegueda off a centering pass from sophomore forward Ellyn Grant-Keane.
The Bombers played rival SUNY-Cortland the following day, scoring two first half goals on the way to a 2-0 victory. Junior forward Rachael Palladino scored her 15th goal of the season in the third minute and Grant-Keane converted off a pass from freshman midfielder and back Jessie Warren in the 22nd minute.
Salant recorded her seventh shutout of the season to close out the Red Dragons and keep the South Hill squad’s NCAA run alive.
The Bombers will face Wheaton College at 2:30 p.m. Friday in San Antonio, Texas in the Final Four.