By Chrissy Onorato
The College’s women’s soccer team has done it again. For the second weekend in a row, the Lions have dominated a tournament and maintained their perfect record of 4-0 in Oneonta, N.Y.
The team came off of last weekend ready to grab some more wins. The first game was Saturday afternoon against SUNY Oneonta and junior midfielder Sloan De Piero made sure to put the Lions on the board as soon as possible. With only 4:04 elapsed, De Piero scored and was assisted by senior forward Allyson Anderson.
Though this was the only goal for the team, sophomore goalie Kendra Griffith prevented the Red Dragons from taking advantage of that. Griffith had a total of three saves and extended her spectacular scoreless streak to 230:35.
The Lions have not given up a single goal thus far this season.
“It was definitely a battle for us,” De Piero said. “But we didn’t stop fighting until we got the result we wanted.”
In regard to Sunday’s game she said, “We are definitely going to come out hard and try to put it away early as we always try to do.”
And put it away they did.
The Lions came out fighting as sophomore forward Jordan Downs put the first goal away at only 6:18 in the first half against Hartwick College. It was Downs’ first career goal with the Lions and was assisted by freshman forward Kendal Bernardini. Bernardini then set up sophomore forward Korrie Harkins for her first goal of the season.
Still, the Lions kept coming. Anderson assisted senior forward Katie Landrigan for the third goal of the game and the fourth came from senior forward Jessica Davila with 1:34 left in the game.
“I think starting off the season like we did is a great way to build up our confidence for the rest of the season,” Harkins said. “It really showed everyone, including ourselves, how the hard work during preseason paid off.”
The Lions feel that this has been a fantastic start to the 2012 season. For the tournament alone, the team received individual hardware to go with their team wins. Junior forward Katie Lindacher was named the Kim Muller Offensive MVP and Griffith was named the Tracey Ranieri Defensive MVP. Along with these accolades, Lindacher, De Piero and senior defenders Allison Foy and Brenna Rubino were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The College completely dominated this weekend in N. Y. and looks to continue their top-notch play as the season begins to get into full swing. This coming week, they play at home against FDU-Florham at 7:30pm.