It All Comes Down To This

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By Kerrigan Fox Coyle ‘15

STAFF WRITER

The Women’s Soccer team started their season way back in August and has the ability to extend their season past Halloween weekend. The ‘Phins have kept their heads above water this past week by having one win and one loss. This last week will prove if they can truly sink or swim.

On Tuesday Oct. 21, the Dolphins lost 2-0 to Adelphi University, a team that has caused nightmares for most Le Moyne athletic teams. The loss to Adelphi was not season ending by any means, but it added more pressure to the team’s last three homes games.

The match was another example of the Dolphins not scoring goals. The team have been shut out five times this season in their conference. The Dolphins after this past weekend are in the 8th place (the last playoff spot). All of the teams in 11th place or higher they have the least amount of goals with 9th.

Pace University, the team they play on Wednesday Oct. 29th, is ahead of Le Moyne in both points and goals scored. Even though Pace might have 11 more goals scored in the conference, they are only two points ahead of the ‘Phins in standings. For the reader who is unaware a win is three points, this means Le Moyne will most pass Pace with a win.

So, yes, this is a big game. What helped was the victory over Saint Michael’s College this past Saturday. It pushed the winning streak at Ted Grant Field to three games, and made these last two games essentially playoff games. It is still possible to only win one, and still make the playoffs but, it would leave their chances in the hands of luck. These girls have never been in this position before. How they will react to this kind of pressure is hard to tell.

The girls who led Le Moyne to their victory on Saturday include freshman forward Kirsten Colgrove who had one goal and one assist. Senior midfielder Lindsey Bakal had the second and final goal of the afternoon. Freshman back Emily Goldasic added an assist while sophomore forward Rachel Terry help keep up the pressure with two shots. Junior goalie Tori Corsaro added another shutout to her record, which is now at eight.

Even though the Dolphins have been shut out five times, their goalie has been behind them all season. The explosive offense that was on display the first two weeks of the season has disappeared., but with their strong defense and stronger goalie they have not faded away. There have been multiple chances for these girls to fold up their tent and pack away their season.

The importance of the last game against Saint Anselm College on Saturday, Nov 1, is monumental.

It will be the last chance for the six members of the class of 2015 to play at home here on the heights and hopefully make the NE-10 playoffs for the first time. The six members are: Jessica Marini, Mackenzie Irvin, Emily Spellane, Renee Keller, Lindsey Bakal, and Katherine Duke.

If there was ever a time to find out if this team was made of, the time has come. If these are girls are going to live up to their self given nickname of the “Sharks” this is their opportunity to show the NE-10 they are fierce and should be feared. This is the time when winners step up, the final round. It all comes down to this.

 

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