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ODP alums leading La Salle attack into postseason, Bucknell looking for three-peat

October 26, 2023 08:49 AM

haleygschreyFour Eastern Pennsylvania Division 1 women's soccer programs still have hopes of making the NCAA Tournament with conference tournaments kicking off this weekend. 

La Salle women are into the postseason for the first time since 2019 after earning a second seed in the Atlantic 10 championship.

The No. 2 seed Explorers (10-5-3, 8-1-1) will host No. 7 Rhode Island on Friday night at McCarthy Stadium in Philadelphia at 7 p.m. It will be the first women’s soccer playoff game at the stadium since they beat Dayton 1-0 in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal on Nov. 2, 2019.

Picked to finish eight in the conference, the Explorers went unbeaten in their last nine conference matches after a 4-0 loss to St. Louis on Sept. 17.  ODP alums Haley Gschrey (pictured above) and Justyce Hollenbach lead the Explorers attack each with six goals and an assist. 

Friday’s match at McCarthy Stadium will be a homecoming for Rhode Island rookie Megan Steinbach, who has logged 663 minutes and started eight matches in her first season with the Rams. La Salle is the alma mater of her father, Dave Steinbach, who was her coach at Warrington Soccer Club.

No. 6 Saint Joseph’s (4-8-6, 4-3-3) visits No. 3 Dayton on Friday night in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal.  

Back-to-Back Patriot League champions Bucknell (11-3-4, 5-1-3) return as a second seed in their conference tournament. Army West Point, which Bucknell defeated on penalties to win the championship last season, are the top seed. The Bison will host a semifinal next Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Lehigh (7-5-4, 4-4-1) visits Boston University on Sunday in one of two quarterfinal matches.

La Salle’s roster features eight players who hail from Eastern Pennsylvania. Lehigh and Saint Joseph’s rosters both have seven players from Eastern PA while Bucknell has one.

School Player Class Pos. Hometown Youth Club/ODP
Bucknell Paige Temple Jr. F Bloomsburg FC Revolution, ODP
La Salle Gabby Neal So. GK Pennsburg FC Delco
La Salle Haley Gschrey Jr. F Bethlehem FC Revolution, ODP
La Salle Emily Banashefski Gr. M/F Stroudsburg FC Pocono Elite/Keystone Athletic FC
La Salle Caitlin Donovan Sr. F/M Paoli 1776 United FC
La Salle Ricshya Walker So. F Philadelphia PDA South
La Salle Justyce Hollenbach So. F Harrisburg Penn FC Youth, ODP
La Salle Peyton Yocum So. M/F Mifflinburg North Union United
La Salle Elizabeth Estrada So. MF Reading FC Revolution
Lehigh Zoe Schutter Jr. MF Orefield Penn Fusion Academy, ODP
Lehigh Aminah Baruwa Fy. F Easton PDA
Lehigh Ava Schaller Sr. F Schnecksville Lehigh Valley United, ODP
Lehigh Emma Roesing Sr. D/MF Ambler Penn Fusion Academy, ODP
Lehigh Ryelle Shuey Gr. MF/F Schaefferstown  
Lehigh Hope Flanegin Jr. MF Schwenskville FC Delco
Lehigh Carly Keene Fy. MF Millersville PA Classics
St. Joseph's Alivia Colgan Fr. D Gettysburg Keystone FC
St. Joseph's Lauren Hatt Jr. MF Coatesville Penn Fusion Academy
St. Joseph's Cheyenne McCloud Fr. D Macungie Penn Fusion Academy, ODP
St. Joseph's Chloe Oudin So. F/MF Bethlehem FC Delco, ODP
St. Joseph's Natalee Vicari So. F/MF Sinking Spring FC Delco
St. Joseph's Leah Buch Fr. D Brownstown PA Classics
St. Joseph's Maddie Anderson Sr. MF Perkasie FC Bucks

Photo Credit: La Salle Athletics