Men’s and women’s soccer begin Conference play

By Lauren Zedlar
Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College women’s soccer team competed last Wednesday, Sept. 15, against the Salisbury University Seagulls.

The game ended in a loss for the Shorewomen, making their record 4–2–0.

The Sea Gulls gained an early lead 12 minutes into the game with a single goal, but the Shorewomen responded with an unassisted goal scored by senior Keelie Verbeek only seven minutes later.

The Sea Gulls responded with another goal three minutes later and finalized their victory with their third goal within the next minute in the game.

Neither team scored again in the second half, finishing the game at 3–1, Sea Gulls.

The Sea Gulls had 11 shots while the Shorewoman had four. Senior goalkeeper Noah Smith had three saves throughout the match.

The WC women’s soccer team competed in their first 2021 Centennial Conference game on Saturday, Sept. 18. The game took place at home at the Kibler Field against the undefeated Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats.

The game went into double overtime and ended in a draw at 0–0.

The Diplomats had 10 out of 19 shots on goal, while the Shorewomen had a single shot on goal.

The Diplomats had one save on goal, which was attempted by senior Erin O’Reilly during the double overtime.

Smith had nine saves to prevent the Diplomats from scoring. This was a career high for Smith.

The Shorewomen’s record now is 4–2–1 and they will compete next on Wednesday, Sept. 22. They will host Haverford College at 7 p.m. for their second Conference match of the season.

For the WC men’s soccer team, senior James Strine was named Centennial Offensive Player of the Week for his tremendous play during the week of Sept. 6–12.

During this week, Strine recorded four goals; two of which were game-winning goals, and an assist totaling nine points for WC.

Strine is the first Shoreman to receive this honor since 2014 when Chris Lewandowski ’17 was awarded it.

On Saturday Sept. 18,  the Shoremen faced the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats, who are ranked #2 in the National Collegiate Athletics Association of Division III men’s soccer.

The first goal of the game was scored by senior Greg Adams during a penalty shot. The penalty shot was earned after a yellow card was thrown due to junior Cole Gifford getting tripped in the box.

The second goal for the Shoremen was scored only five minutes later by junior Alex Coster.

Coster received the assist from Strine. This further increased the Shoremen’s lead to 2–0 during the first half.

There were no more goals scored throughout the game from either team, giving the Shoremen a 2–0 win against the Diplomats.

The Shoremen had 12 shots throughout the match with three being on goal. The diplomats had seven shots throughout the match with two on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Pinto made two saves throughout the game to help bring the Shoremen to triumph.

This victory marked the first win the Shoremen have had against the Diplomats since 2002.                   

This is also the highest ranked team that the Shoremen have beaten in school history.

“Our team showed tremendous quality tonight, but more importantly, they demonstrated how to play with heart,” junior Harrison Malone said. “This team is bought in and has the potential to do some magical things.”

The Shoremen’s next game is away versus the Penn State University-Altoona Nittany Lions. The game will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

Photos by Izze Rios

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