By Brian Klose
Washington College women’s soccer ended a three-game losing streak by defeating visiting Immaculata 6-0 in a non-conference victory. Strong underclassmen performances led the Shorewomen to their greatest margin of victory since defeating Washington Adventist on Oct. 10, 2012. Freshman defender Olivia Sabatino led the team in goals scored, earning her first career hat trick. WC’s nine tallied assists set the team’s record for most assists in a single game, with sophomore forward Emani Silva leading the team with six. The Shorewomen improved to 3-4-1 with their third shutout victory of the season. Immaculata fell to 2-6-1 with the loss.
The Shorewomen found themselves in a difficult position leading up to the game, losing three consecutive games and only scoring one goal in that span. Those three games included two Centennial Conference losses to Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg, both shutouts. WC was in serious need of momentum, and a non-conference home game against a less-than-competitive Immaculata was the perfect opportunity.
Scoring came early for the Shorewomen against the Mighty Macs. Sabatino earned WC’s first goal of the game early in the 12th minute off a feed from Silva. Just three minutes later, Sabatino made it 2-0 after cashing in a cross from senior Bailey Howard that was deflected by Silva. Silva extended the lead to 3-0, assited by Howard and freshman Arianna Sabtino, in the 28th minute of the first half. Freshman Lauren Neary capped off the first half with a goal in the 40th minute, giving Silva her third assist of the night and junior Laura Tocci her first. WC headed into half time out-shooting Immaculata 12-5 and dominating most of the period.
Silva continued WC’s scoring streak in the 64th minute of the match off a botched goal kick attempt by the Macs broken up by Arianna Sabatino. Just over a minute later, Olivia Sabatino scored the sixth and final goal of the game, capitalizing on a deflected header.
Statistically, WC dominated Immacualta in nearly every category. The Shorewomen out-shot the Macs 33-9 and earned seven corner kick opportunities. Freshman goalkeeper Courtney Colbert made five saves in her second win of the season.
The underclassmen contributed to every scoring opportunity in the game. In fact, seven out of the ten goals earned by the Shorewomen this season came from Olivia Sabatino (4) and Silva (3), indicating a promising future for the program.
Overall, the team earned a total of 21 points, the most all season. The 21-point game was also the fourth 20-point performance by the Shorewomen in the program’s history and the first since September 2000.
The Shorewomen return to action on Oct. 7 against host No. 13 Swarthmore with hopes of the first conference victory of the season.