Le Moyne Women’s Soccer Snaps Four Game Skid With Impressive Performance

Greg Wall
2017 Le Moyne Dolphin Women’s Soccer Team

Syracuse, NY- On a balmy September Saturday night in West Haven, Connecticut, the LeMoyne Women’s Soccer team was able to dig their way out of an early season funk that neither the team nor their coach, Carrie Bonus, expected as they approach the halfway point in the 2017 season.  The Dolphins came into the night with a four game losing streak and had managed to only score a total of 4 goals all season.  

Entering Saturday night’s matchup, they had previously taken a trip to Stonehill college on Sept. 16 a team that notoriously plays the Dolphins tough as they have only beaten the Skyhawks once in the last five years.  

Senior midfielder Kirsten Colegrove got LeMoyne on the board in the 33rd minute with her first goal of the season, a tough shot across her body that found the lower left corner of the goal giving the Dolphins a 1-0 lead at halftime.

But the Dolphins saw their lead quickly evaporate as they surrendered three goals in just the first eight minutes of the second half.  Stonehill’s Nicole Geraghty was the hot foot for the Skyhawks as she put in two of the four goals scored in the second half that handed LeMoyne their third straight loss and moved them to 0-3 in conference play.  

LeMoyne was then able to come back home on Tuesday, Sept. 19, but unfortunately for the Dolphins the home field advantage did not work in their favor.  This game would see LeMoyne fall to the Mercy College Mustangs by a final of 1-0.

The lone goal of the contest for Mercy College came off the foot of their leading scorer Ally Boots just two minutes into the game on a rebound off what was a beautiful save made by LeMoyne’s goalkeeper Anastasija Cumika but just found its way back out to the front of the box giving Boots her sixth goal of the season and the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.  

LeMoyne had a couple of good chances in the second half just were unable to cash in.  They did, however, hold the 19th ranked offense in the country to only one goal on the back of great defensive play and a good night in goal by Ana Cumika.

Fortunately, all that changed for the Dolphins as they almost matched their season total of goals racking up three against the University of New Haven.  LeMoyne is not used to this kind of offensive success against New Haven as they have only beaten them once in the last six tries.  But it was the Dolphins young guns that came to play in this one, with a freshman and two sophomores able to find the net.

Entering the second half on Saturday night the teams were locked in a scoreless tie, that is until the ball found LeMoyne’s freshman forward Maddison Vine who broke the scoreless tie with 33 minutes remaining the game with her first goal of the season and career.  Quickly joining the action, sophomore midfielder Claire Stackel, scored her first goal of the season just two and a half minutes later on an assist from senior forward Brielle Filtch which gave the Dolphins a 2-0 lead late in the second half.

The Chargers of New Haven were not out of it yet as just a minute and half later forward Marisa Pacapelli put her team on the board, narrowing the gap to 2-1.  But, in the 78th minute Claire Stackel was able to find her fellow sophomore midfielder Jada Sargeant who buried it into the back of the net to give the LeMoyne the insurance goal and a 3-1 victory.

LeMoyne (2-5, 1-3-0 in NE-10) is back on the road Wednesday, Sept. 27, as they travel to Albany to take on the College of Saint Rose.  The Dolphins will return home for what will be a two game home stand beginning with an incredibly tough matchup against the 8th ranked team in the nation, Adelphi University.