BY ANDREW PENACHO // OCT. 21, 2015 //
The Colonels found their way back onto the scoreboard Monday night, defeating the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen, 5-2, at Walter M. Katz Field.
Before this game, the Colonels were left out of the score sheet, having been shutout for three out of their last five games, and this game seemed to be going the same way in the first half.
It was a quiet half for the most part and seemed to be even going into halftime. However, in the 39’, Anchorwomen forward Brittany DeGrooth, was able to position herself for a one-timer and fired the ball in the back of the net for their first and only lead.
Jason Tassinari, head coach of the Colonels, talked about his main half-time adjustment.
“I moved (Abigail Ford) to mid-field for instant offense,” Tassinari said.
And instant offense it was.
Just one minute into the second half, junior midfielder Kelly Parker started the scoring for Curry taking the ball herself and driving it out of reach of diving Rhode Island College keeper, Katherine Haley.
Sophomore Korinna Tsonis gave Curry their first lead of the game just four minutes after Parker’s goal. The goal was assisted by Junior Kaitlyn Lima, who crossed the ball into the heart of the box where it found the head of Tsonis, who connected for a 2-1 lead. Tsonis, just moments later, found the back of the net again to give the Colonels a 3-1 lead in the 53’.
But moments later, the Anchorwomen’s Jaclyn Greenman scored on a ball that just slipped by junior Christina Chiofalo to make the game 3-2 in the 55’.
Fans in the stands buckled-up for what looked to be a wacky game. However, the Colonel’s defense was able to keep the Anchorwomen in check after that score.
“The defense overall did a much better job controlling (The Anchorwomen’s) speed,” Tassinari said.
With the Curry defense dominating, the Anchorwomen to only 3 shots in the second half, and Curry sprinted to the finish line with two late goals in 86’ and 88’, by Lima and sophomore Cassandra Grasso, to give Curry the 5-2 win.
Next Up: Curry’s women’s soccer team will look to build their first winning streak since Sept. 29, against Eastern Nazarene tonight at 4 p.m., in Milton.
Playoff push: Even with a (12-4) overall record, Curry lands in seventh in the CCC standings with a (2-4) conference record. With only the top 8 teams making the CCC tournament, Curry will need to hold their place with a positive outcome in these last three conference games. “The important thing we need to do is to get into the tournament and play in postseason action,” Tassinari said. Tassinari also stated that they would like to host a playoff game. For that, they would need to win these last three conference games of the season.
Goal Scorers: This season the Colonels have been gifted by the play of both Tsonis and Lima. The two have combined for a whopping 21 goals. The rest of the squad has only totaled 18 goals. For this team to have success in the playoffs they will need their dynamic duo to keep up the good work, and others will need to step up.