The University of Salem women’s football team cannot stay healthy.
The Tigers have had their first six straight games canceled this season due to various health issues.
The IUP was scheduled to play in Salem on Wednesday afternoon, but the game has been postponed.
IUP head football coach Adel Heder, who is the most successful coach in the history of the program and entering his 21st season at the helm, explains why.
âThe reason they postponed was because they didn’t have enough players to play due to injuries,â Heder said.
No date has been set for an IUP vs Salem football makeup match.
Instead, the Hawks will have an extra day to prepare for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) football game against Gannon.
The game will be held at 1 p.m. in Erie, Pa. On Saturday.
The season is about to start to heat up for the Crimson Hawks football team. There are no more non-conference games left unless Salem is rescheduled.
That means every game from now on is a crucial PSAC matchup that will have playoff implications and count towards their conference record.
Heder and the Hawks are looking to return to the winning column after suffering a 2-0 home loss to the Edinburgh University Fighting Scots last Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks are also currently struggling with injuries.
“I hope a few of my players will be in good health and be back for Saturday’s game,” Heder said. âWe shouldn’t have lost to Edinboro; we made mistakes and it cost us the game.
The Hawks will make the long bus ride to Erie, Pa. For the opportunity to secure their second PSAC victory of the starting season.
Gannon Women’s Soccer is led by Head Coach Colin Petersen. Petersen was a star soccer player in Gannon at the time and coached the program for over 20 years.
The Knights are 1-1-1 so far this season.
They beat Pitt-Johnstown, lost to Seton Hill and equaled Mercyhurst in their previous matches.
Senior forward Taylor Lewis currently manages the Knights. She has scored two goals in three games played so far this season and managed six shots on goal.
The Knights have turned the net so far this season. Goalkeepers Jordan August and Kennedy Solymosi both received starts.
Gannon mirrors the IUP in that they are also a relatively young team. The Golden Knights roster consists of just five seniors.
In opposition, the Hawks will look to use their talent and offensive firepower this Saturday.
One of the Hawks’ offensive weapons received an academic award last Wednesday.
Hannah Scardina (second year, pre-physical therapy) has been named to the IUP Weekly Honor Roll.
Scardina was on both goals against Cal-U last week. She prepared the first with an assist, then scored the second game winner.
Scardina and the Hawks will need to repeat that offense once again in order to avoid a similar result to last weekend.
The young and talented Crimson Hawks women’s soccer team, led by coach Heder, will be up for the challenge this weekend.