Too Early to Hit Panic Button for Women’s Soccer
By ANDREW PENACHO // SEPT. 16, 2016 //
Curry’s Women soccer team has completed about one-third of their regular season, and the Colonels seem to be leaving their fans with more questions than answers.
Last season was coach Jason Tassinari’s fourth year and he was able to display a team that was picked completely under his control. That team started the season 9-1 but went on to finish 13-6-2 with quarterfinal exits in both the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournaments.
This season looked to start off with the same bang as the last. The Colonels won their first three games pretty decisively with scores of 8-1, 2-0 and 5-0.
The script has flipped ever since.
Before the end of the first half of Curry’s game at Wheaton last Wednesday, the Colonels came back from an early 1-0 deficit and claimed a 3-1 lead going into intermission. However, the wheels fell off for Tassinari’s girls, and the Lions scored three unanswered goals of their own to hand Curry its first loss of the season.
Since that game, the Colonels have played three more games but failed to record a goal in any. For Curry fans, this is news since last year’s Colonels never had a string of multiple goalless games in a row.
After Tuesday’s tie with Clark University, Coach Tassinari noted that “Sometimes ties feel like wins, and sometimes ties feel like losses.”
Tassinari went on to say that the Clark tie felt more like a loss.
The good news for Curry fans is that Tassinari is not down on his team, more so, just a little discouraged. The bigger names for Curry, like seniors Kaitlyn Lima and Kelly Parker, along with junior Korinna Tsonis have failed to spark anything through this slump. However, those same names already have a total of 11 goals and seven assists in the first four games of this season.
What else should pump some positive in this squad is their senior goalkeeper, Morgan Stott. Despite a mere 3-3-1 record, she boasts a save percentage of .783, and has two shutouts- maybe trying to recreate what she did last year when she collected nine. Stott does average 1.66 GA, which is just fine when your team, excluding the prior three games, is averaging 3.00 goals a game.
So yes, playing 270 minutes of soccer and failing to score a goal can be unnerving, or even disheartening. But with the group of players like Tassinari’s, Curry fans should feel humble saying a three-game skid for our girls is too much.
The Colonels will look to change the pace and reload for a conference matchup at Endicott College tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m.