By Andrew Chirico
Another week into their non-conference portion of the season, the Shorewomen soccer team ended their second week with a 2-1-1 record. WC traveled to St. Mary’s College of Maryland where they lost 5-0 on Wednesday, following a Saturday showdown at Widener University, which ended in a 2-2 double-overtime draw.
Looking for their first ever 3-0-0 start in program history, the Shorewomen had high hopes for the away non-conference matchup. The first half between the St. Mary’s Seahawks was a quiet one, with just four total shots in half, all of which came from the hosts. The Seahawks put two shots on sophomore goalie Courtney Colbert early on in the game, with one coming within the first three minutes and the other just over the 13 minute mark. Colbert had a diving save on the second shot to take away an open look on the net for St. Mary’s.
With the score tied even at 0-0, it took St. Mary’s under minutes in the second half to score when they found the back of the net on a breakaway, giving them a 1-0 lead. Junior Maribeth Harrington looked to get WC on the board when she found a crease in the defense and got a good look on the goal, but her shot was just saved by the Seahawks’ goalkeeper. It was all St. Mary’s from there as they went on to score another four goals in the game.
WC recorded three shots total with two of them being on goal. Meanwhile St. Mary’s held a huge advantage in the shot category with 17 total with 11 of those being on Colbert. The Shorewomen did lead in the corner kicks with five while St. Mary’s had four.
The game versus Widener was set to start at 2:30 p.m., but was rescheduled to be played at 10 a.m. due to excessive heat. With the earlier start, the team found themselves having to wake-up earlier than usual on game days. Head Coach Kerry Smith properly prepared her team for situations like these.
“We did some of our spring training sessions in the morning before classes and had tremendous energy. It was an early start but I had complete confidence that we would have plenty of energy,” she said.
Along with the early start, there was also the factor of playing in the hot and humid weather. “The heat made it a challenge and Widener are a tough team to breakdown because they are organized, tough, and well coached. I was really proud of how we worked together and the energy everyone contributed. Our bench were driving the team forward and that lifted everyone to keep working harder.”
Sophomore Arianna Sabatino notched the first goal of the game in the 19th minute, coming off a double assist from Harrington and junior Lis Parks. Seventeen minutes later, the hosts answered with a goal of their own, tying the game at 1-1. After the goal, WC wouldn’t record another shot in the half and the game stalled 1-1 heading into halftime.
It then took Sabatino just over two minutes into the second half to give WC a 2-1 lead when she scored her second goal of the game and her fifth of the season. The goal was assisted by her twin sister, Olivia. The Pride would then even the game at 2-2 in the 71st minute mark. Widener had a potential game winning goal, but Colbert made a game saving play in goal.
Although the game ended in a 2-2 draw, overtime was controlled by WC, recording all four shots in the first overtime and all two shots in the second. Although the offense provided much anticipation for Shorewomen soccer fans, WC was unable to find the back of the net.
After the game, Smith brought here team together to look back at the week and analyze lessons from both games.
“We spoke about this as a team after the game and the consensus is that we have a lot of heart and energy when everyone gives it their all. We also proved to ourselves that we can bounce back from conceding a goal and lift our intensity,” she said.
The Shorewomen return to action this Saturday, Sept. 17 when they host Johns Hopkins at home at 7 p.m. The game versus the Blue Jays is the conference opener. Smith stressed the importance of preparation along with the teams’ anticipation of having a home field advantage.
“From past experience we know they are a team that punish you if you make a mistake in your own third. It will be important that we take care of our recovery this week so we are in the best position possible to face them. Overall, we are looking forward to it and we are excited to get to play them under the lights here at home. We are hoping that we have plenty of home support to get behind the team and cheer us on.”