(LOUISVILLE, Ohio) – It was a great night for Walsh as it defeated rival Malone 3-0 in G-MAC action at St. Thomas Aquinas on a chilly fall evening Tuesday. Not only did the Cavaliers (11-3, 8-3) snap a three-game losing streak while dispatching their rivals, but they also clinched a playoff berth in the conference tournament with the win against the Pioneers (4-7-3, 2-6-3).
The G-MAC quarterfinal playoff game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the field of the higher seeded team. Tonight's game was originally scheduled earlier in the year as the last game on Malone's Pioneer Field before renovations started, but lightning washed out a 1-0 lead for the Cavs.
It didn't seem to bother Walsh as it wasted little time in getting the score back to 1-0 as Olivia Peters found the back of the net just 33 seconds in on an assist from Erica Hafer. Peters then teamed up with Sydney Santaguida to make it 2-0 four minutes later for her 11th goal of the season.
The score remained there until the early moments of the second half when Santaguida scored her second of the season after Olivia Peters flicked on a header on a throw-in during the 50th minute.
The defense took care of the rest as Mickey McClanahan recorded yet another shutout, her fifth of the season and Walsh's ninth this year. The Cavaliers now have 17 shutouts in their last 32 games.
McClanahan faced 11 shots on the night and made saves on all seven on target. Overall, Walsh outshot the Pioneers 14-11. The Cavs also had a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks.
The Cavs won't have much time to rest as they return to action Thursday night against Davis & Elkins. It's the second of four games in an eight-day stretch and first of three to close out the regular season. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.