Women’s soccer gets back in the zone with dominant week

The Lions rebound from their first loss with a dominant week. (Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor)

It didn’t take long for the women’s soccer team to bounce back from its first loss last week.  After brutally pounding both teams they played this week, the Lions are back in the zone and ready to fearlessly take on the rest of the season.

After losing to Montclair State University by one goal last week, the Lions looked to make up the deficit by scoring an incredible 11 times this week. Their opponents never stood a chance after the Lions took the field roaring.

The Lions took on Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the road. From the start, it was evident the Lions would dominate their opponents, and the Scarlet Raptors were crushed, 5-0.

The first goal came in the first half from freshman forward Christine Levering, who scored with 4:04 left in the half.  The Lions’ defense was working hard, keeping the ball down toward the Raptors’ goal. Though this was the only goal scored in the first half, things heated up quickly in the second.

With 13:08 elapsed, sophomore midfield Shannon White bumped the score to 2-0 with an unassisted shot from down the field. Within the next three minutes, Levering scored again.

With 10 minutes left in the game, three goals didn’t seem enough for the Lions. They wanted more.  Freshman forward Chalen Noble soon scored with junior forward Gina Caprara following soon after.

The Lions had a total of 19 shots on goal in this game, with senior forward Katie Lindacher and Levering leading the team with three a piece.

Senior Kendra Griffith and junior Cristina Gacos shared the save with excellent goalkeeping.

The Lions would dominate the Scarlet Raptors 5-0 in this New Jersey Athletic Conference game.  The Lions pushed their record within the Conference to 3-1.

After boosting their confidence from this mighty win, the Lions looked ready to take on their next opponent this week, Rutgers University-Newark.  The Lions would come to dominate them as well, boosting their score even higher than the last to a 7-0 victory.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Lions came out even stronger than before. With 17:18 left in the first half, Levering began the scoring again with an assist from freshman midfield Lauren Malajian. Levering then assisted sophomore forward Justine Larocca with the second goal of the game.

Levering then went on to score once more in the first half, ending it with a score of 3-0. And it all began again in the second half.  Freshman midfield Sarah Marion netted her first collegiate goal 17 minutes into this half.  Sophomore midfield Emma Culleton then got her first goal of the season, boosting them further to a 5-0 lead.

Caprara finished the game off with two more goals, giving the team an incredible 7-0 victory in a game for the record books. The Lions had a total of 35 shots while their opponents had only four.

The Lions boosted their Conference record to 4-1.

This week, the College will take on Johns Hopkins University Wednesday, Oct. 9 on home turf.