Beaver Falls, PA - Geneva College′s women′s soccer team opened the 2010 season in impressive fashion on Thursday night. The Golden Tornadoes scored eight first half goals on their way to an 8-0 victory over Penn State Beaver at Merriman Complex. Penn State Beaver, a first year varsity program, managed only one shot in the loss while the Golden Tornadoes posted 44 shots, including 34 shots on goal. Despite allowing eight goals, Kylee Weaver was impressive in the net for the Lions with 26 saves for the game.
It didn′t take long for Geneva to open the scoring when Maura Allen scored the first of her two goals just 2:51 into the opening frame. Less than two minutes later, Julie Collins netted her first goal of the season to open up a 2-0 lead. Allen scored again in the sixth minute before a pair of goals in the 11th minute from Amanda Munsch and Katelyn Slagle. Slagle ended the night with a pair of goals before freshmen Deborah Shafer and Megan Hiers scored their first collegiate tallies to round out the first half scoring.
"I was proud of the effort," said head coach Linda Sumner. "We got a chance to see everyone in a game setting and it was a great way for us to open up the season."
Lauren Londino was never tested in net but did make one save on her way to career shut-out number 18. Londino is now just three shut-outs away from matching the school′s all-time record.
Geneva travels to Franciscan University on Saturday afternoon in the first of five consecutive road matches. The Golden Tornadoes return home on September 16th to battle Point Point University.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).