Bobcats women fall in USCAA first round

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Paul Smith’s College women’s soccer team was knocked out of contention for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association championship Wednesday after a 2-0 loss to West Virginia Tech University.

The Bobcats will now play in the consolation bracket, starting today at 10:30 a.m. against Yankee Small College Conference foe Maine-Machias, which lost in a shootout to Penn College on Wednesday. Paul Smith’s beat Maine-Machias in a nine-round shootout for the YSCC championship last week.

Paul Smith’s fell behind WVU Tech in the first half when Creshana Jones scored at the 38:21 mark. Alex Blumer put the game out of reach for the host school with an insurance goal at 23:12 of the second half.

Paul Smith’s goalkeeper Asenath Brooks kept the game within reach by stopping 12 shots throughout the game. The Golden Bears held a 24-4 shooting advantage and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.

West Virginia Tech advanced to the quarterfinals where it will meet defending champion Daemen College of Buffalo.

Paul Smith’s (9-4-1) came into the tournament as the No. 7 seed, while the Golden Bears (5-13) were No. 10.

Other games today include top-seeded Maine-Fort Kent against Penn College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry against Alfred State and Florida College versus Albany College of Pharmacy.