Women’s soccer has its ups and downs

The College is fighting hard to stay at the top of the standings. (Photo by Julianne Grandal)

The women’s soccer team battled hard this week and came out pretty satisfied with the results. Knowing that this past week would feature two hard-to-beat teams, the Lions brought all aggression and drive to the table.

In their first game of the week, the College traveled to Baltimore, Md. to take on Johns Hopkins University. The first half of this game would feature the best offense the team has provided all season long.

Within the first 45 minutes of the game, the Lions scored four times, sending them to a soaring 5-1 victory over Johns Hopkins.

Only four minutes into the game, sophomore defender Lori Genovesi assisted junior forward Katie Lindacher with the first goal of the game, and her eighth goal of the season. The next three goals all came within a span of 6:39 later in this first half.

Senior forward Allyson Anderson scored the second goal for the Lions, a strong, unassisted shot. The third goal came from senior midfielder Amy Van Dyk, while yet another was scored minutes later by senior forward Katie Landrigan.  At halftime, the Lions led the Blue Jays 4-1.

At 15:33 into the second half, Lindacher assisted Landrigan with the fifth and final goal of the game, securing the Lions’ victory to 5-1.

Sophomore goalie Kendra Griffith already obtained her 30th career victory for the College.

With this huge win, the Lions feel that they can continue this aggressive drive throughout the rest of the season.

“We were lucky enough to have a loss at the first half of the season so it gave us enough time to bounce back,” Van Dyk said. “It made us that much more determined for that to never happen again this season.”

Hoping to keep their record a strong 12-1, the Lions went into this past weekend ready for a challenge.

On Saturday, the College hosted Kean University and had to settle in a 1-1 draw. The Lions battled through two overtimes, but it all came down to a goalie’s duel.

In the first half of the game, the Lions got on the board with a goal from Lindacher, assisted by Van Dyk. This would prove to be the only goal for the College, though the Lions outshot the Cougars 7-4 in the first half.

At 31:36 into the game, the Cougars scored, tying the score at 1-1.

The second half was basically the goalie show in which Griffith and Cougar goalie KC Nunez both made incredible saves and kept the score tied. The junior midfield of Sloan DePiero and Katie Landrigan played great offense and both would have scored in the second half had it not been for some fantastic saves by Nunez.

The second overtime featured a superb, leaping save into the air by Griffith, yet no further score for the Lions. DePiero took one last shot on goal with a minute left, but another great save prevented her from scoring.

Unfortunately, the College dropped two points down in the New Jersey Athletic Conference with this draw and victories for Montclair State University and Rowan University this weekend.

However, the team is refueled and ready to go this week.  The Lions will host Stevens Institute on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and will be heading to Jersey City University on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.