By Victoria Ripple
Elm Staff Writer
Last Tuesday, September 28th, WC lost 2-0 in the Centennial Conference match against Swarthmore. The Garnet scored one goal in each half while the Shorewomen didn’t make it to the scoreboard. Swarthmore had seven shots in the first 14:04, scoring on their seventh. WC’s defense played tough after that, only allowing two more shots in the half.
To insure the win, Swarthmore squeezed in their second goal at 81:30. Freshman Heather Smith had Washington’s final shot at 82:34, but couldn’t answer for the Shorewomen.
Junior goalkeeper Victoria Ripple had nine saves in the loss for the WC. Swarthmore had a 21-6 advantage in shots and held an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.
When junior Corinne Welker was asked, “Has your defense improved since last year and what role have they played in the team’s success?” She answered, “Our defense has improved a lot since last year. This season our back four have become a very cohesive unit, we have really worked hard to communicate and work well with one another. Since the defense has the best vantage point of the entire field, we play a large role in communicating to the rest of the team.”
The Shorewomen’s match against PSU Berks was postponed Tuesday due to rain; however, they return to action Saturday in Allentown, taking on the Muhlenberg Mules.