By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen won their first game since Sept. 11 when they beat Delaware Valley 2-0 at home last Wednesday. The women were looking to improve their record on the season having lost three consecutive games. WC entered the game with a 2-5-1 overall record.
The first half was an even one as both sides had many good chances to start the scoring early. The first goal came for the Shorewomen in the 41st minute when freshman forward Emani Silva slotted it delicately with her left foot past the goalkeeper into the bottom right hand corner.
“I was so excited to get this assist,” said sophomore Kelsey McCurdy. “I actually had no idea what I was going to do with the ball at that moment and then I looked up and saw Emani wide open and she had an amazing finish so it all just came together.”
The goal for Silva marked her third of the season, leading the team.
“Having three goals definitely gives me confidence as a player, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teammates,” said Silva. “They are always pushing me to be better and strive for perfection and this accomplishment couldn’t have been possible without them.”
Sophomore Melissa Barry was put into action quickly in the second half as a quick shot from Delaware Valley was put on frame but Barry was able to parry the ball over the crossbar for a Delaware Valley corner kick.
The Shorewomen scored their second of the day when a corner kick by Silva found its way to freshman midfielder Maribeth Harrington. She controlled the ball and narrowly slotted it into the upper left corner of the goal, giving Harrington her first career goal and making it 2-0 to the home side.
“Scoring my first goal felt awesome,” Harrington said. “We all worked so hard in the game and there is no better feeling then being able to help my team get one step closer to acheiving success.”
WC outshot Delaware Valley 17-10 in the victory. Barry made seven saves in the 2-0 win, awarding the goalkeeper her tenth career shutout, improving on her own school record.
“It was great to get a win this week especially after playing three of the hardest teams in the conference,” McCurdy said. “We really needed this win to keep up our momentum so it feels amazing to have this result.”
The Shorewomen looked to use the momentum they got from their recent victory when they traveled to Elizabethtown, Pa. on Wednesday to face the opposing Blue Jays who stood at 6-3.
Elizabethtown’s Lauren Berry proved a tough player to stop when she scored three goals in the first 50 minutes of the game to complete her hat-trick. The Blue Jays managed to add another goal to their tally early on in the second half.
Elizabethtown outshot WC 26-2 and had six corner kicks, while WC only recorded one. Barry made 10 saves for the Shorewomen. Despite the loss, senior forward Suzanne Patinella made history, becoming the 10th player in WC history to record double figures in career goals.
The Shorewomen looked to get back into the win column when they returned home to face off against Muhlenberg College on Saturday. WC suffered an early setback when Muhlenberg’s Taylor Pini scored the only goal of the game in the 10th minute.
Muhlenberg outshot the Shorewomen 27-4 while Barry made 12 saves in the loss.
WC’s record dropped to 3-7-1 overall this season and 0-4 in the Centennial Conference.
The Shorewomen look to pick up their first conference victory with an away match against Dickinson this Saturday.