By Seva Galant
The women’s soccer team managed to pull off another victory on Sept. 18, this time against Widener University. With a 7-0 final score, the team was able to prove its dominant offensive prowess by shutting out the opposition once again.
Just five minutes into the game, junior forward Randi Smith launch the corner kick to senior defender Ally DeRiggi to take the lead. The Lions managed to put up four goals before the half, with scoring done by junior forward Julianna Bertolino, freshman forward Jessica O’Brien and freshman forward Nina Carlson.
With a phenomenal effort from the defense, the College was able to keep producing goals as the game progressed. During the second half, junior forward Julia Obst, freshman forward Lindsay O’Keefe and sophomore midfielder Gabriela Barquin were able to push the score to 7-0.
Widener was simply outmatched, as it put up two shots and was unable to score any goals, a stark comparison to the seven goals and 35 shots that the College was able to generate. Junior goalkeeper Alexandra Panasonic was able to preserve the shutout with her two saves.
The Lions then faced off against Rutgers University-Newark during an in-conference match on Saturday, Sept. 21. Senior midfielder Taylor Nolan led the charge with a shot just outside of the left post to take the lead in the 20th minute.
Once again, the Lions’ phenomenal defense overwhelmed and suppressed the Rutgers offense. Junior midfielder Kelly Carolan maintained the momentum, as she launched the score up to 2-0 just one minute into the second half.
From that point on the team just focused on scoring, as junior forward Juliana Bertolino received a long pass and beat the goalie to make the score 3-0. But the Lions didn’t stop there — they managed to make three more after that, with one from freshman forward Lindsay O’Keefe and two from freshman forward Ava Garay.
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Dipasquale once again saved the shutout hopes, as she blocked two goals from the net. The College was able to outshoot Rutgers 30-2 over the course of the match in a show of dominance and skill.
In a Monday night bout on Sept. 23, the team shutout York College 1-0.
The team returns to the turf on Saturday, Sept. 28, as it takes on Ramapo College.