Shorewomen Shutout Twice: Women’s Soccer Fell to the Bullets and Garnets

By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer

The Shorewomen ended the week with a 2-5-1 record following two tough loses to two good teams in Swarthmore and Gettysburg. Swarthmore was able to pull out a 2-0 win while Gettysburg was able to top WC 4-0. The Shorewomen faced two very good teams this past week. Both competing teams only have a combined three losses.

Swarthmore was able to score a pair of goals in the first half to defeat the Shorewomen. They got on the board early scoring their first goal within the first seven minutes. 30 minutes later Swarthmore made it 2-0 from a corner kick. The Garnet really controlled the advantage in shots totaling 33 while WC had five. Swarthmore also had five of the game’s six corner kicks. It was very tough for WC to get shots off a good 6-1-0 Swarthmore team.

Sophomore Kelsey McCurdy defends the ball against a Swarthmore player in a 0-2 loss.
Sophomore Kelsey McCurdy defends the ball against a Swarthmore player in a 0-2 loss.

Sophomore Melissa Barry had another record game passing her career high in saves. Barry set a career high record of 14 saves, passing her previous record of 13 saves. The Shorewomen also had a pair of team saves from senior Taylor Matteson and freshman Breanna Caruso. Despite the recent struggles for the team, there are many positive thoughts hanging around the team.

Senior Marisa Atkins said, “The team has improved immensely since the start of this season, and especially from previous years. Communication, connectivity on and off the field, speed of play, movement on and off the ball, the team vibe, and positive attitudes are significantly greater than they have ever been for us, which is super exciting.”

“Although we were trailing for most of the game this week, we continued to play for each other; even when things got tough we fought, we pulled each other up and we stepped ahead to help one another,” said Atkins. “This team shows so much promise, and although our conference record doesn’t show it, yet. We are all working towards doing great things this season. There is constantly room for growth, which proves true for all teams! From here we have to continue to get better.”

The team is confident that their performances will improve despite recent results.

“After our performance against Hopkins, we now know the level that we are capable of playing at. If we implement consistency at this level of play than there is no doubt that we will upset some teams,” said Atkins.

The Bullets first scored during the 40 minute mark making it 1-0. The Bullets scored in the 56th minute mark and then were able to come back five minutes later and score again. Their last goal came in the 70th minute giving Gettysburg a 4-0 lead.

Gettysburg had 31 shots, 15 on goal. WC was not able to record a shot or a corner kick. Melissa Barry had another double digit save total. She made 11 saves which made her third straight double digit save game.

With their last win coming Sept. 11, the team hopes for a good result at Elizabethtown on Oct.8.


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