Men’s and women’s soccer have nail-biting games against the Mules

By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, the Washington College women’s soccer team played a Centennial Conference game against Haverford College on the Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shorewomen would ultimately tie with the Fords 0–0 in a double overtime match.

During the first half, senior Bess Mascone and junior Rachel Chatfield each took shots on the goal for the Shorewomen, but were not able to score. In the second half, freshman Emily Morris took two shots, also without scoring.

In the first overtime, the Shorewomen did not make any shot attempts on goal.

In the second overtime, Chatfield tried again for a goal, but it was saved by the Fords.

The final score ended at 0–0. This is the Shorewomen’s second tied game in a row, and their last two games also ended in double overtime.

The Shorewomen and the Fords each took nine shots on the goal during the game.

The Shorewomen came away with three total saves during the game by senior Noah Smith; the Fords had four.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Shorewomen traveled to Allentown, Pa., to compete against Conference opponent Muhlenberg College’s Mules. The final score ended as a loss for the Shorewomen, capped at 0–1.

The only goal of the game was off of a penalty kick by the Mules in the second half.

The Shorewomen took 12 shots on the goal while the Mules took five. Smith had one save in the goal, compared to four for the Mules.

The WC women’s soccer team now has an overall record of 4–3–2.

“Our goal for the rest of the season is to win as many Conference games as possible to make Conference playoffs,” sophomore Ellen Daly said.

The Shorewomen will play their next game against the in-Conference Ursinus College Bears away in Collegeville, Pa. on Oct. 2.

The WC men’s soccer team was scheduled to compete in a non-Conference game against Penn St. Altoona on Wednesday, Sept. 22, but the game was canceled due to unsafe weather conditions.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Shoremen traveled to Allentown, Pa. to take on Muhlenberg College. The Shoremen came away with a 1–0 victory over the Mules.

This victory marks the second victory for the Shoremen against nationally ranked opponents, and the first time the team has won their first two Conference matchups in a season.

“We are still working on ways to better the things we are good at already and things we are not,” sophomore Mayowa Taiwo said. “We believe that we are a high energy, high-tempo team, so each game we work on bringing more energy than we had at the last game and we believe this will carry us very far in the season.”

About nine minutes into the first half, the Shoremen scored the only goal of the game, securing the lead and win early on.

Senior James Strine kicked a direct pass to senior Del Jenkins for a header into the goal.

The Shoremen attempted eight shots on the goal, while the Mules attempted 10 with no score.

The Mules had two saves through the game, while the Shoremen had three saves made by sophomore Anthony Pinto.

“So far this season, the team has been one unit,” Pinto said. “There’s been great leadership amongst both players and coaches and everyone is brought into the team culture. Each and every one of us grinds at practice and it truly takes all 29 of us to win each and every game.”

The Shoremen will advance to a 6–2 standing overall, 2–0 in Conference play. The Shoremen will play their next game on the Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium against the in-Conference Haverford College Fords on Sept. 29.

Photo by Izze Rios

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