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Oct. 31, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Rock soccer teams open PSAC playoffs Thursday

The Rock women’s and men’s soccer teams both open Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff action Thursday with quarterfinal road games.

The women’s team, led by Noreen Herlihy, 18-year head coach, compiled a 10-5-2 record this fall and is seeded seventh in the eight-team playoff field. The Rock opens the conference playoffs with a 1 p.m. game at second-seeded West Chester (13-3-1).

The Rock and Golden Rams have a history of close matches. SRU lost a 2-1 overtime decision to West Chester in the teams’ regular-season meeting Oct. 9 in West Chester. A year ago, The Rock eliminated the Golden Rams from the PSAC tournament with a 1-0 win in the quarterfinal round. West Chester won in an extended-time shootout in semifinal action in 2010.

The winner of The Rock-West Chester game will play in a 1:30 p.m. semifinal game Saturday at California University of Pennsylvania against either Gannon or East Stroudsburg.

The Rock men’s team, under direction of third-year head coach Michael Bonelli, is the No. 6 seed in its tournament and takes a 9-3-6 record into Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. match at third-seeded Gannon (12-4).

SRU handed then-No. 12-ranked Gannon a 2-1 loss last Thursday in the teams’ regular-season meeting in Erie.

The winner of the SRU-Gannon match will play West Chester in an 11 a.m. semifinal match Saturday at Mercyhurst.

Live statistical and Twitter updates on both Rock games will be available Thursday through the cooperation of the host school and the SRU Sports Information Office. Visit for updates.

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