Emilee Desmond ♦ Editor
The reigning A-10 Champs take to the field
The reigning Atlantic 10 women soccer champions have opened their season strong with a 4-1 record and outscoring their opponents 9-2.
The season opened in a low scoring match at Syracuse where Madison Bower scored the lone goal in the sixth minute for the Explorers. The Blue and Gold outshot Syracuse 10 to 6, putting half of their shots on goal.
La Salle’s offense took off in their second game at McCarthy Stadium in a 5-0 victory over the UMBC Retrievers. The Blue and Gold scored four goals in the first half of the game courtesy to Bower (2) and freshmen Camaren Cox and Alyssa Van Heurck. Amirah Louketis would net the fifth goal to finish off the scoring for the Explorers.
The second game of the season gave the Blue and Gold a statistical advantage in every aspect including shorts (13-7), saves (4-2), and corner kicks (7-2).
La Salle pushed their season opening win streak to three with a 1-0 victory over Manhattan. In the seventh minute of play, redshirt junior Marcela Robinson headed the ball off of a corner kick into the back of the net.
Drexel defeated La Salle to give them their first loss of the season in a double overtime thriller.
Shaelyn McCarty scored two minutes and five seconds into the second overtime to give the Dragons the 1-0 victory. Despite the loss, La Salle reached double digits in shots (14).
Cox and Bower were crucial in the Explorers’ overtime win against Colgate. In the 63rd minute, Ellis Miller of Colgate scored the first goal of the game to force the Explorers into a deficit. Cox scored the tying goal in the 76th minute to send the game into overtime. Bower scored the overtime winner off of a corner kick from Jenna Soriano.
“It was a much needed come -from-behind win,” said head coach Paul Royal. “I thought our defense was outstanding tonight. A lot of credit goes to Colgate’s style of play – their movement and creativity in the final half really put us on our back foot, but our girls were able to weather the storm.”
Coach Paul Royal continued, saying, “In the end they showed a tremendous amount of courage and resilience in fighting their way back into the game. It was great for Camaren Cox and Madison Bower to be rewarded for their hard work. I also thought that both Molly O’Brien and Clarissa Kirsch-Downs were excellent on both sides of the ball.”
The Explorers will not return to the field until Sun., Sept. 9 against Rutgers.
The matchup will be the first between the two teams since Rutgers defeated the Blue and Gold in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season.