Women’s soccer ends season but men’s enter Tournament

By Lauren Zedlar
Elm Staff Writer

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Washington College men’s soccer team traveled to Phyllis Joan Miller Memorial Field to face the Dickinson College Red Devils. This was the last game of the Shoremen’s regular season.

The winner of this game gained the second seed in the 2021 Centennial Conference Tournament for men’s soccer.

Senior James Strine was the first player to put a number on the board at the 35th minute of the match with an assist from fellow senior Eric Gwadz.

The Red Devils tied the game at 1–1 before halftime began.

Eight minutes into the second half, junior Cole Gifford scored off another assist from Gwadz. This goal pushed the Shoremen ahead of the Red Devils 2–1, which would become the final score of the game.

Gifford was named Shoreman of the Week for his play against the Red Devils.

The Red Devils had two more opportunities to score in the second half, but both were unsuccessful.

The Red Devils took five shots with no corner kicks, while the Shoremen took 16 shots and had five corner kicks.

According to the WC Athletics website, this was the first time the Shoremen beat the Red Devils since 2006 and marked the Shoremen’s 11th win of the season, the most the WC men’s soccer team has seen in a single season since 2000.

The Shoremen’s Conference record now stands at 6–2–1 and their overall record at 11–4–1.

This win places the Shoremen at second seed in Tournament play. They will face Franklin & Marshall College for the semi-finals Tournament match. The game will take place Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Kibler Field.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Shorewomen also traveled to Phyllis Joan Miller Memorial Field to face the Red Devils.

This game marked the Shorewomen’s regular season finale for the 2021 season.

Early in the game, the Red Devils had the opportunity to score, but were blocked by senior goalie Noah Smith. Shortly after, freshman Emily Morris also had an opportunity to score for the Shorewomen, but was blocked by Dickinson’s goalie.

The game went scoreless into halftime.

At the 57th minute of the match, the Red Devils found the net and made their first goal of the game. Just under five minutes later, the Red Devils scored,again, lengthening their lead to 2–0.

With just 11 minutes remaining in the match, the Red Devils scored again to secure their win over the Shorewomen. The game ended at 3–0.

Smith had three goals allowed and eight saves.

The Shorewomen took four shots and had one corner kick, while the Red Devils had 17 shots and three corner kicks.

“Saturday was definitely a disappointing way to end the season for everyone, but I’m really proud of the effort we all gave on Saturday and throughout the season,” senior Peri Bertolami said. “We did not always get the result we wanted, but that was not because of lack of effort.” 

This was the final game for seniors Erin O’Reilly, Bess Mascone, Keelie Verbeek, Smith, and Bertolami.

Photos by Grace Hazelhurst

Shoremen continue making history for WC men’s soccer against Red Devils.

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