Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen soccer team has gotten into the full swing of Centennial Conference play. So far, they have lost in close matches to tough conference teams.
The team has an overall record of 4-6-2 and their Centennial Conference record is 1-4-1.
Their first game in October came on Wednesday, Oct. 2 against conference opponent Swarthmore College. Swarthmore would go on to win 1-0 against the Shorewomen in a close game.
The game was tied 0-0 during the first half and Swarthmore did not score their first and only goal until minute 80, leading to a 1-0 win for the Garnets.
Swarthmore had an overall of 21 shots with eight attempts on goal, while the Shorewomen had six shots with four on goal.
Next, on Saturday, Oct. 5th, the Shorewomen went on the road to play against conference opponent McDaniel College.
In this game, the Shorewomen would suffer a 4-1 loss. The goals came early in the first half— the Green Terror opening up with the first goal of the day in the sixth minute and then closing the first half by scoring the second goal in the minute 42.
McDaniel scored their final two goals of the second half in minute 52 and 73. The Shorewomen scored their first and only goal of the game in minute 80.
McDaniel had 15 shots with 10 on target, while the Shorewomen had four shots with two on target.
The final game of the weekend came on Oct. 12, at conference competitors and nationally ranked Dickinson college.
“We have been working on dealing with their many offensive weapons. They have a very good team overall which includes some exceptional individual players, so we will need to be at the top of our game to compete and get the result we want,” said Head Coach Tom Reilly. “We have also focused on our own abilities and the need to be sharp when we have the ball.”
Dickinson unfortunately went on to win 2-0. In the first half, Dickinson scored during minute 6. Dickinson scored their final goal of the game in the second half during the minute 60.
Reilly also commented on his plan for the match.
“We hope to limit the number of good looks they get at goal, force them to take low percentage shots and defend set pieces well. In attack, we will need to find a way to get numbers forward and populate their penalty area whenever we have the opportunity to get balls played in deep,” Reilly said. We also need to try to take advantage of our own free kick & corner kick chances.”
Dickinson had 18 shots with nine on target, while the Shorewomen had four shots with two on target.
Their next match is Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Haverford College and is a highly important conference matchup.