Women’s Soccer Fights Hard: Comes Up Short Against Conference Rivals

Hillary Kane 

Elm Staff Writer


In the past two weeks the Shorewomen faced three Centennial Conference competitors, the first two at home, and the last away at Dickinson College.  Although all three games were tough battles, Washington was unable to secure a win.

On Wednesday Oct. 5, visiting Swarthmore College traveled to Chestertown.  The game started with a bang as Washington sophomore midfielder Heather Smith scored off a shot perfectly placed to the opposite corner.  Senior Kira Pancotti notched the assist.  Smith’s goal was an exciting 0:33 seconds into the game.

The Garnet tied up the game at 19:47, picking up a loose ball in front of the goal.  Shortly after, Swarthmore scored a second goal before the end of the first half.  Washington was unable to tack on any more goals during the second half of the match.

Senior Mallory Kahn-Johnston recaps, “We had plenty of time to even up the game in the second half, but couldn’t get enough shots off.  The game started off so well, it’s unfortunate it ended the way it did.”

Senior goalkeeper Tori Ripple registered eight saves, as Swarthmore held the advantage in shots (20-9) and corner kicks (6-2).

The Shorewomen’s next match was against another Centennial Conference opponent, Muhlenberg ollege.  The game was played Friday Oct. 7.

With two minutes left in the first half, Muhlenberg netted a goal.  Although the Mules held a 6-0 advantage in shots, there were hardly any notable scoring opportunities.

As the second half began, Washington senior Gabby Devaud almost tied up the game, but the Mules goalkeeper managed to hold off the attack.  Shortly after, the Mules cushioned their lead to 2-0 off a breakaway.  Muhlenberg lead in shots (12-7), while the Shorewomen held a 5-4 advantage in corner kick opportunities.  Ripple registered eight saves.

On Friday Oct. 14 the Shorewomen traveled to Dickinson College who is currently ranked 3rd in Centennial Conference standings.  Unfortunately, the Devils came out strong, winning by a score of 4-0.  Dickinson held the advantage in shots (7-3), along with an edge on corner kicks (3-1).

The Shorewomen’s next match is against conference opponent Ursinus College.  The game will take place Wednesday Oct. 19, at Ursinus.

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