Shutout fever: Lions continue to dominate

The women’s soccer team continued its undefeated season on Saturday, blanking the University of Redlands 4-0.

The No. 3 Lions boast an 11-0-1 overall record and are 4-0-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

The team’s leading scorer, junior forward Jamie Kunkel, netted the first Lions’ goal just seven minutes into the game. Redlands’ sophomore goalkeeper Tenley Rawlings was able to get a piece of the ball, but the shot had too much velocity and rolled over the goal line.

The goal is Kunkel’s 11th this season. Senior forward Dana DiBruno was credited with the assist.

“(DiBruno) fed me the ball with a pass just over the defender’s head,” Kunkel said. “I settled it down and took a shot about five yards out. It had enough power that, even though the keeper got a hand on it, I saw it roll over the line.”

Three minutes later, sophomore forward Briann McDonough cashed in on a cross from sophomore midfielder Kristina Shemming, giving the Lions a 2-0 lead.

In the 20th minute, sophomore forward Casey Riley added a third goal off of an assist from junior midfielder Coleen Weber. The Lions would take the 3-0 lead into halftime.

Connecting again in the second half, Kunkel and DiBruno both contributed to the Lions’ fourth and final goal. It was DiBruno scoring this time from Kunkel’s pass 11 minutes into the half.

DiBruno now has seven goals on the season while Kunkel recorded her fourth assist.

“We seem to know where each other is on the field,” Kunkel said, referring to DiBruno. “Playing so much together, we can see the through-ball passes and can anticipate where (the other) is going.”

The Lions were relentless as usual throughout the game, outshooting the Bulldogs 31-7.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Clarke earned her sixth complete game shutout, making three saves. With the clean sheet, Clarke extends her scoreless streak to 960 minutes.

Rawlings made 10 saves in her effort in goal for Redlands.

“We have a long stretch of away games coming up so we have to make sure we come prepared to play every game,” Kunkel said.

Of the Lions’ final five games, four of them will be played on the road.

Today the team will visit NJAC opponent William Paterson University for a 3:30 p.m. start.

The team’s next home game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, when the College will host New Jersey City University at 11 a.m. at Lions’ Stadium.