Women’s Soccer Falls to Pace University in NE-10 Semifinals

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The Le Moyne women’s soccer team concluded their season on Friday, Nov. 4 with a 3-0 loss to the Pace University Setters in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament semifinals. The Dolphins ended the 2016 season on a high note despite the loss, becoming the first team in the program’s 21-year history to reach the semifinals of the conference tournament.

The Setters took control early in the tightly-contested first half with a goal from Shannon Glenn off a cross from Delany Williams in the 14th minute. The Dolphins exchanged shots on goal with Pace before the end of the half, but neither team could capitalize on their scoring opportunities. The score remained 1-0 at intermission.

The Dolphins came out of the locker room determined to score an equalizing goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net while outshooting Pace 5-3 to start the second half. The Setters, who had limited opportunities, scored in the 70th minute to go up 2-0 with a header from Ashley Kenny that came from a Victoria Kealy corner kick.

Pace sealed their victory with a 86th minute goal from Alyssa Zeoli, who took sophomore goalkeeper Anastasija Cumika one-on-one, and slotted the ball into the right side of the net. Despite letting up three goals, Cumika protected the net with four saves, all of which were in the first half.

The game marks the end of a groundbreaking 2016 season for the Dolphins. Their winning record of 9-8-2, and trip to the NE-10 conference semifinals is a huge turnaround for the program as a whole in comparison to the previous seasons.

First year head coach Carrie Bonus improved the ‘Phins record by five wins this season, their second winning season since they went 10-7-2 in 2009. The 2016 season proved to be a new start for what has been a struggling program. The winning record led to their fourth trip to the NE-10 Conference Tournament.

With experience and returning players, optimism and excitement over next season grows as the women look to shock the conference in the 2017 seaso