Women Clinch Playoff Berth with Fourth Consecutive Shutout

Women Clinch Playoff Berth with Fourth Consecutive Shutout

Altoona, PA – The D'Youville women's soccer team won their fourth consecutive game via shutout on Saturday afternoon by defeating the Penn State-Altoona Lions 3-0.

In the first five minutes of play, the Spartans racked up three corner kicks and nearly capitalized on the third. Center back Jenna Tomizzi (Buffalo, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) had a header go just over the bar in the fifth minute, nearly giving D'Youville an early lead. She then had another header go wide right five minutes later as she continued to knock on the door the game's opening goal.

Altoona went 26 minutes between their first and second shots of the game as the D'Youville defense was dominate early. That domination would carry over throughout the remainder of the half as the women carried a scoreless game into halftime.

Within the first three minutes of the beginning of the second half, Tomizzi would finally break through and capitalize on a corner kick. Tomizzi headed her fourth shot of the game past the Lion goalkeeper off a Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack), finally getting the Spartans on the board and giving the women a 1-0 lead.

In the 68th minute, forward Jillian Golding (Lockport, NY/Lockport) started to provide a boost to the offense with scoring chances against the Lions. Golding had a pair of shots on goal within 23 seconds of each other before her third shot in just over three minutes found its way past the Altoona keeper. After receiving a ball from Kiernan Johnson (Cherry Valley, IL/Keith School) downfield, Golding had a breakaway that she converted for a 2-0 Spartan lead.

Still up 2-0 in the final five minutes of play, freshman forward Makenna Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) displayed her skill as she dribbled past the Altoona defense to score inside the box and give the Spartans a late insurance goal and increase the lead to 3-0. D'Youville would hold on in the final few minutes, going on to defeat the Lions 3-0.

Another outstanding defensive effort earned the Spartans third fourth consecutive shutout win. Goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) was spotless once again by saving all 10 shots she faced, tying her career high in shutouts with seven. On defense, the back line had another great game in which they allowed no goals and few quality scoring chances.

Offensively, Golding led the team with five shots while Tomizzi and Magee each had four. The women had 18 shots in total with 11 on frame.

The women will play their regular season finale this Tuesday, October 24 as they host the Pitt.-Bradford Panthers. With a win, the women will clinch a home game in the first round of the AMCC playoffs on Saturday, October 31. Game time for Tuesday's game is 7:15pm.