The Shippensburg University men’s soccer team picked up 1–0 victory over Jefferson University on a hot Saturday afternoon at David See Field.
A 55th minute bicycle kick by senior Nathan Weldon (York, Pa./Susquehannock) was the match-winner for Shippensburg (2–0–0) as the Raiders earned the win after the match was called for lightning in the 74th minute.
Jefferson (0–3–0) outshot Shippensburg 11–7 in the match forcing five saves from freshman Ryan Krumenacker (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) who earned a victory in his first collegiate start.
The Raiders opened the first half with pressure, earning three corners in the first 11 minutes. The biggest chance of the half came from sophomore Darius Bamfo (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), who intercepted a miskick in the final third. Bamfo broke towards goal but a sliding effort by the Rams defender deflected his shot wide for a corner.
Weldon’s moment came early in the second half to give the Raiders their advantage. Junior Ashton Davies (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) curled a beautiful ball into the box on a corner, finding Weldon, who tucked his bicycle kick in the bottom right corner.
The match carried on for another 20 minutes until a weather delay halted play. The match was eventually called, giving the Raiders their second win in as many games to open the season.
Shippensburg will open Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division play at 4 p.m. on Wednesday against Millersville at David See Field.