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Tyler Baim (top) and Alayna Ryan (bottom) are looking to help lift this squad to a victory after their first defeat. This defeat is hot off them being ranked in the top 15 nationally.

Saturday featured a major early season Pennsylvania Sports Athletic Conference (PSAC) women’s soccer matchup between two undefeated and talented teams. It all took place right here at South Campus Field.

In a close match, the Crimson Hawks lost their first game of the season to Edinboro by a score of 2-0.

The nationally ranked and undefeated IUP women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season to the Edinboro University Fighting Scots.

Edinboro had also displayed a perfect record entering game time.

Two freshmen led the Fighting Scots.

Lexi Boyk in the first half and Morgan Wissner in the second half scored goals for the Fighting Scots to propel them to victory.

IUP was outshot overall 21-11 on the evening, including 13-4 in the second half. Although, registered shots on goal between the two teams finished in a tied 8-8.

The Crimson Hawks were unable to put the ball in the net.

Alayna Ryan (junior, business management) led the Hawks with four total shots, including three on goal.

Goaltender Samantha Gildner (junior, athletic training) finished the day with six saves.

Edinboro took ten fouls in the game compared to only five from IUP. The Fighting Scots also had four corners while IUP finished with one corner.

The Crimson Hawks must regroup following the tough loss and begin preparing for a return to non-conference play.

Coach Adel Heder and the Hawks will return to the field Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a non-conference match against Salem University in West Virginia.

The game will take place at home on the South Campus Field.

Salem University Tigers soccer team is led by head coach Tamara Queiroz.

The Crimson Hawks have a good matchup history with the Tigers. They have played each other twice, and IUP won both games.

Their last matchup occurred in October of 2019. IUP won in an offensive explosion by a score of 8-0.

The Hawks will attempt to replicate that victory on Wednesday evening.

The two teams also faced off in October of 2018. IUP won in a nail biter. The game went into double overtime and the Hawks won 3-2.

This will be Salem’s first game of the season. The university has had multiple game cancellations already so far this season due to COVID-19 protocols.

Just like IUP, Salem University also had its 2020 soccer season canceled due to the pandemic. This will be its first time hitting the field in almost two years.

The last time the team was active in the 2019 season things did not go well for Salem.

The team lost 15 games. The Tigers finished with a 1-15 record overall. They gave up eight goals in a game over five different times.

Wednesday evening is shaping up to be a solid out-of-conference IUP soccer matchup on campus.

The game provides the opportunity for the Crimson Hawks to bounce back from the tough loss to Edinboro and get back in the win column.

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