Men’s and women’s soccer find victories within the Conference

By Lauren Zedlar
Elm Staff Writer

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Washington College women’s soccer team took on Centennial Conference opponent the Ursinus College Bears away at Patterson Field.

This was the Shorewomen’s fourth Conference game for the 2021 season.

The Bears took an early 1–0 lead 10 minutes into the first half. The game saw no further action until the second half, when the Shorewomen were awarded a penalty kick. Senior Keelie Verbeek took the shot and scored, tying the match.

Seven minutes later, freshman Reagan Longridge broke the tie with an unassisted goal after stealing the ball from the Bears. The Bears had another opportunity to score later in the match, but were blocked by senior goalie Noah Smith.

The game finished at 2–1, making this the Shorewomen’s first Conference win.

Throughout the match, the Shorewomen had a total of nine shots, one corner kick, and two saves by Smith.

This was the Shorewomen’s first win at Ursinus since 2002 and the first time they have beaten Usinus two years in a row, according to the WC Athletics website.

Their record is now 5–3–2 overall and 1–1–2 in the Conference. Their next match is Oct. 6 versus Swarthmore College at 7 p.m. on the Kibler Field.

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, the WC men’s soccer team faced the in-Conference Haverford College Fords in their third Conference match of the season at Kibler Field.

A few days before this game, it  was announced the Shoreman were ranked 24th in Division III men’s soccer for the National Collegiate Athletics Association after their previous winning performances this season.

The first goal of the night was scored by senior Greg Adams 13 minutes into the match. It was assisted by fellow senior James Strine. Just under three minutes later, Adams scored another goal for the Shoremen with an assist from sophomore Harrison Malone. This lengthened the Shoremen’s lead to 2–0.

The Fords scored their first and only goal of the game during the first half, shortening the Shoremen’s lead to 2–1.

No more points were scored for the remainder of the game, finalizing the score at 2–1, Shoremen. Additionally, this was the first time that the Shoremen have beaten Haverford in 10 years; the last time being in 2011, according to the WC Athletics website.

Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Pinto had an overall of three saves. The Shoremen had 10 shots in total on goal and four corner kicks.

Adams was named Goose Nation TV’s Shoremen Player of the Game.

The Shoremen played again on Oct. 2. They faced the Ursinus College Bears at home on Kibler Field.

The Bears scored first in the match in the first half, in which the Shoremen quickly responded. Junior Cole Gifford scored after an assist from fellow junior Alex Coster, tying the game up at 1–1.

No further goals were scored in the match, forcing it into double overtime. With just under five minutes remaining, the Bears scored the final goal, winning the match at 2–1.

Overall, the Shoremen had 13 shots, four being on goal, and 11 corner kicks. Pinto had one save, and two goals allowed.

This was the Shoremen’s first Conference loss of the 2021 season. Their record now stands at 7–3 overall and 3–1 in the Conference.

“It was a tough game for us, we thought we had better of the play, but couldn’t convert that into goals. Ursinus played a good game and are a good team,” junior Alyan Youssaf said. “But the guys fought hard and we are ready for the next game against Hopkins and will get back to our winning ways.”

Their next match is Saturday, Oct. 9 at John Hopkins University in Baltimore Md.

Photo by Izze Rios

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