BY ANDREW ARRUDA PENACHO // SEPT. 27, 2015 //
The women’s soccer team was able to get their second straight win after a solid performance against Nichols College yesterday at Walter M. Katz Field. The final score was 3-0.
With the win, the Colonels (2-1) held onto their third place spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings. They improved their undefeated streak at home to four games and moved to 8-1 overall.
Curry out played the Nichols Bison throughout the game.
Curry doubled the firepower of the Nichols offense, out-shooting them 22-11. Curry also got more scoring chances totaling nine corner kicks on the afternoon.
The only stat that the Bisons matched Curry in was fouls, as both teams collected two yellow cards apiece. There were 21 total fouls tallied between the two teams, which is the most fouls in regulation time for the Colonels this season (their season high was 26 fouls in an overtime win on Sept. 12 against Salem State).
Head coach Jason Tassinari spoke about the officiating after the game, “When the ref calls fouls for doing what (the Curry players) should do, it irritates me,” he said, “So I tried my best to let the referee know that I thought the fouls were a little soft.”
The Colonels secured this win with the help of junior forward Korinna Tsonis.
Tsonis scored the first goal at the 17 minute mark, after a misplay by Nichols’ senior goalkeeper Kelly English, leading to Tsonis’ sliding one timer.
Before Nichols could recoup from the early 1-0 deficit, Tsonis scored again, this time coming on a corner kick. Senior Colonel defender Kendall Fox was able to use her head to find the ball and Tsonis found the ricochet, putting a header into the back of the net in the 19’ minute.
Tsonis leads the Colonels with seven goals this season. Tsonis shot another five times looking for her first ever hat trick, but it was to no avail.
Always a team player, Tsonis doesn’t care about her individual success, “I don’t really care about that stuff to be honest,” Tsonis said. “I love my team, and they killed it out there.”
Ten minutes after the second goal, Nichols pulled English from the game subbing in freshman goalkeeper, Brook Downey.
Curry’s goalkeeping continued to be a strength as junior goalie Morgan Scott was able to record her fifth shutout with ten saves that day.
Curry was able to control the tempo into the second half and put the game out of reach with a goal in the 79th minute. A pass from senior Mary Blythe to the feet of sophomore Samantha McGrath, led to McGrath’s first goal of the season.
Change is working: Coach Tassinari talked about the night-and-day difference in Tsonis’s play, “This year she is more fit than last year,” Tassinari said. “She came into preseason this year, looked different, moving better, moving quicker.” Tassinari and Tsonis both agreed that her switch from midfield to forward is the key factor to her new play.
Road Trip: The Colonels are on a hot streak, with an 8-1 overall record. Next they face a three game road trip that will start off with Newbury College (3-4), Sept. 29 at 8p.m. After that, they head to Gordon (2-4-1) and Maine Maritime (1-5-1).