By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
Setting a program record is something one looks to accomplish over the course of his or her entire college career. Breaking a record in the first two years of an athlete’s playing career is simply unheard of. Not until now.
Sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Barry broke the women’s soccer record for shutouts as she recorded the eighth of her career in a 0-0 draw with Rutgers-Camden. She broke the record formerly held by Tori Ripple from 2008-2011.
“I couldn’t be happier to be holding the shutout record, but I couldn’t have done it without my team. The ball has to go through 10 of my teammates before it gets to me, and a lot of the credit should go to them as well.” Barry said.
Prior to setting the new shutout record, Barry was tabbed the Centennial Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Her four saves in a 3-0 victory over Penn State Harrisburg would earn her the award for the first time in her career.
The Shorewomen opened the week hosting Rutgers-Camden this past Wednesday. They played Rutgers-Camden strong through regulation and two overtimes. The game resulted in a tie.
The Raptors were able to record 13 shots during regulation while holding WC to five. It seemed as if Rutgers-Camden was going to pull out a win in second overtime when they scored off a header but the goal was called off due to a handball. This drew WC’s record to 2-2-1.
When asked about the team Barry said, “Overall, I think our team has been improving and that has been evident in every one of our games. We’ve been working really hard and it pays off when game time comes. I have no doubt that we will keep improving over the course of the season and this will bring great things to our program.”
Three days later, the Shorewomen played Johns Hopkins very well in the first half, keeping the Blue Jays scoreless. The Shorewomen were outshot 16-3 in the first half but did have one huge opportunity for a goal coming from freshman forward Maribeth Harrington. Heading into half the Shorewomen contained Johns Hopkins which was an impressive feat as Hopkins currently sits at No.14 in the NCAA national rankings, the lone Centennial Conference team in the top 25.
The Blue Jays broke the drought when they scored around the 65 minute mark. After that, it was all Johns Hopkins who went onto score two more unanswered goals. The 42-4 shot advantage from Johns Hopkins allowed Barry to set a personal record recording a career-high 13 saves.
The Shorewomen received their first conference loss but look to bounce back in their last September match against fellow Centennial Conference team Gettysburg on Saturday at the Bullets. Getttysburg drew with Ursinus this past weekend in a scoreless affair, putting them at 3-2-1 on the season overall. After an impressive defensive first half against a top tier Johns Hopkins, the Shorewomen hope to continue that display on Saturday.