No. 7 Women’s Soccer wins 11th consecutive match

Huskies blank Shepherd 5-0 on Wednesday


Ed Murphy

Junior Lauren Hoelke (above) currently leads the Huskies in scoring this season with eight goals along with seven assists good for 23 points.

Matt Rushforth

The no. 7 Bloomsburg University women’s soccer team won its 11th consecutive contest on Wednesday afternoon with a 5-0 shutout over newly added Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponent Shepherd University.
The Huskies are now ranked seventh in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division II polls, after starting the season at fifth overall in the nation.
With the win, Bloomsburg now boasts an 13-1 overall record with a 11-1 mark in conference play. Shepherd dropped to 0-12-2 with the loss and now hold a winless 0-11-1 record in PSAC play.
The Huskies only loss this season comes from a 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to conference rival East Stroudsburg University back on Sept. 11. BU has now outscored its opponents by a 39-4 margin.
Sophomore forward Nicole Varano got things going for Bloomsburg in just the fourth minute of play to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead in the match.
Freshman forward Abby Groff then extended the Bloomsburg lead to two after scoring a goal in the 40th minute to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Redshirt senior Bryce Watts then tallied another just before halftime in the 43rd minute to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead heading into the break.
The second half remained all BU as Varano went on to score her second goal of the match in the 53rd minute. Junior midfielder Lauren Hoelke then rounded out the goals for Bloomsburg with a tally in the 60th minute.
In goal, redshirt junior Jenna Hawkins just needed one save to notch her league leading seventh shutout of the season. Hawkins also lead the PSAC in goals against average with a .372 mark.
Hoelke continues to lead the Huskies in scoring with eight goals along with seven assists for 23 points on the 2019 calendar year, which ranks her third in the conference in that category.
The Huskies remain on the road as they travel to PSAC for Lock Haven University on Saturday for a date with the Bald Eagles before returning home to face Kutztown on Oct. 30.
Bloomsburg currently sits atop the PSAC Eastern division standings with four matches left to play in the regular season.