PHILADELPHIA – Parisse Dawkins (Rahway, N.J./Union County Vo-Tech) scored her first collegiate goal in the second half of the Philadelphia University women's soccer team's 1-0 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Wilmington (Del.) Tuesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
With the victory, Philadelphia is over .500 for the first time this season with a 7-6-1 overall record and improves to 6-3-1, jumping from seventh to fifth in the conference standings. The Rams have won four of their last five matches.
The Rams couldn't break through in the opening half against Wildcat backup keeper Melissa Gall—who started the game as a field player, but entered the goal for a dinged up Kierstyn Williams 5:56 into the contest. Philadelphia did put six shots at the Wilmington net, two on goal that were stopped by Gall.
Dawkins snapped the scoreless tie at the 51:33 mark with an assist from Brooke Haden (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Twp.).
Haden went streaking down the right wing and lifted a pass into the penalty area. Williams—who returned to the game at the beginning of the second half—reached up at the right post in an attempt to punch the ball out of harm's way. Instead of knocking it away, Williams mishit the ball and it fell to a wide-open Dawkins, who simply volleyed the ball with her right foot into the goal.
The defense, led by keeper Deanna Messner (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood), took over from there, holding the Wildcats (8-6-0, 7-3-0 CACC) to three shot attempts over the final 38:27. Messner stopped two of those attempts as part of a four-save afternoon.
Williams had three saves in 50:56 of action, while Gall finished with two saves. Philadelphia owned a 14-10 shot advantage.
Philadelphia heads to Bloomfield for a CACC match on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.