PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A popular axiom in sports is that winning solves everything, and after the University of Pikeville women’s soccer team earned a convincing 4-1 decision over Salem International University Wednesday at Bob Amos Park they are almost certainly feeling good going into their upcoming conference game against Campbellsville University.
The win, combined with Monday’s 3-0 blanking of Mountain State University, improved their overall record to 5-6-2 this season, and their four goals tied a season-high.
UPIKE kept the ball in Salem’s half early, paying dividends for the Bears. Junior Kara Henning’s corner kick in the 26th minute was banged into the goal by freshman Danielle Ferguson.
Following the resumption of play, Salem took advantage of the opportunity in UPIKE territory when Jessica Baynton scored a goal through the hands of UPIKE freshman goalkeeper Chelsea Shutle. It would be the only goal allowed by Shulte, who had four saves on the day.
The tie did not last long, as UPIKE freshman Olivia Gipson dribbled her way past three defenders to poke in a 12-yard goal in the 29th minute. The rapid-fire scoring that had suddenly taken over the game subsided, and the teams went into halftime with UPIKE holding a 2-1 lead.
In the second half UPIKE continued their offensive barrage, eventually racking up an astounding 38 shots taken with 25 of those on goal. Salem goalkeeper Whitney Brydge was able to record 21 saves, but was beaten in the 72nd minute when Henning assisted freshman Kayla Scott, and then again in the 84th minute when Scott assisted Henning, who launched the ball in from 25 yards out.
Henning led the Bears offensively, with one goal and two assists. Kayla Scott, Danielle Ferguson, and Olivia Gipson each added a goal, and Kayla Robertson pitched in with an assist.
UPIKE will see action again on Saturday night at 8 p.m. when they are visited by Campbellsville University. The Bears will be seeking their first Mid-South Conference victory of the season.