By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The men and women’s soccer teams were both in action at home this past weekend in Centennial Conference matches. The Shorewomen, who held a 2-3-1 overall record, 0-1 in the CC, were looking to get their first win in the conference when they faced off against Gettysburg College, who had a 4-1-2 overall record with an 0-1 record in the CC. The Shoremen, posting a positive 4-3 overall record, 0-1 in the CC, were set to go up against No. 3 ranked Franklin & Marshall, who are undefeated so far in the season, with an 8-0 overall record and 1-0 in the CC. Both teams from Washington College, however, were coming off of consecutive game losing streaks and hoped to notch their first victory in the Centennial Conference.
The Shorewomen started off the afternoon against the Gettysburg College Bullets. They looked positive in the first half, yet were the first to allow a goal. The Bullets went up 1-0 off a give and go in the 16th minute. The goal was scored on junior goalkeeper Melissa Barry, who started all 17 games last season, but the position has been shared with promising freshman goalkeeper Courtney Colbert this season. The first half ended 1-0 with the Bullets outshooting the Shorewomen 4-1. The second half was somewhat the same story as the first half, with Gettysburg maintaining a bulk of the possession. Defensive efforts by Barry, sophomore Steph Scott, and freshman twins Arianna and Olivia Sabatino kept the score at 1-0. WC wasn’t able to find a breakthrough, and the lone goal in the first half ended up being the decider.
In the second matchup, the Shoremen faced off against Franklin & Marshall, who were undefeated in the season. The Shoremen were looking to hand them their first loss. The Shoremen, however, let in
an early first half goal in the 18th minute when a scramble in front of goal landed to a Diplomat forward’s feet who got it past freshman goalkeeper Josh Samuels. The Diplomats finished the half with all four shots in the game. The Shoremen upped the tempo in the second half as sophomore forward Styler Clark managed to get the first shot of the game for WC. Clark craftily beat two defenders and sent the ball just wide. There was another chance later on in the game for sophomore defender Michael Holowesko who just missed the potential tying goal for the Shoremen. The game ended in a familiar fashion with a 1-0 scoreline.
“Despite the loss, I thought we played very well,” said junior defender Derek Stiles. “Franklin and Marshall is ranked No. 3 in the country, and we held our ground throughout the first half and outplayed them in the second. If we continue to play like we did on Saturday, the outlook for the rest of the season is a good one.”
The Shoremen currently hold a 4-4 overall record, which is the same record that they had in this many games just last season. The Shoremen, however, don’t want to repeat what they experienced in the past.
“The team is confident that we’ll rebound,” said Stiles. “We played two very talented opponents in Dickinson and F&M, and there are positives to take from both games. If we stay checked in for the full 90 minutes, we know we have a good chance to win any game. Our goal as a team this season is to make the Centennial Conference playoffs.”
The Shorewomen’s next game is against Immaculata on Sept. 29, while the Shoremen look to get their first CC win of the season against Haverford on Sept. 30. Both match-ups are home games.