BRANDON WILFORE // SEPT. 28, 2016 //
The Curry College women’s soccer team racked up their fifth shutout of the season Tuesday night, over Newbury College. The Colonels added a pair of goals to complement their third straight shutout.
The first half of the game was sloppy for both teams, to say the least. The Nighthawks completed few passes, with Curry intercepting them left and right to push into the offensive zone.
The ball seemed to live in the Colonels’ offensive half for most of the first period, but no goals came of it. They were getting frustrated with the lack of goal-scoring opportunities.
Coach Jason Tassinari tried barking out advice to his team from the sideline to try and generate a good scoring opportunity. Senior goalie Morgan Stott chipped in by directing her team from the other side of the field, also desperate for that first goal.
Stott ended up moving her mouth more than her body to make saves because Newbury would fail to record a shot on net in the entire first half of play.
On the other side of the spectrum, the Colonels had riddled Nighthawk goalkeeper Noelle Sass with 11 shots over the first 45 minutes.
At the intermission, it was 0-0, but all momentum was on Curry’s side.
The halftime speech from Coach Tassinari must have been a good one because the Colonels netted their first goal of the night just six minutes into the second half. Senior Briana Fitzsimmons scored her first goal of the year, thanks to the assist from junior Amanda Crisfulla.
The Colonels got the first one out of the way, so why not another one?
Less the three minutes later, Curry’s offense attacked again when senior Kelly Parker scored her fifth goal of the year, assisted again by Crisfulla, to make the game 2-0 in favor of the Colonels.
As Curry subbed players in throughout the second half, the offensive chances didn’t stop. Crisfulla had several shots just miss the net, as did Parker.
The second half was dominated by the Colonels, as was the first half. Curry outshot Newbury 8-1. Newbury’s lone shot came from about 30 yards out and Stott made a jumping save to punch the ball above the goal. It was her first and last action of the night.
Newbury got frustrated as the game wore on and finished many of their tackles, taking down Colonels left and right. In the 74th minute of the game, a tackle from sophomore Jennifer McDonald earned her a yellow card.
At the end of the night, Curry sat at a 6-4-1 record and will get ready to host Roger Williams University Saturday evening for a Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup.
3 Stars of the Game
- Kelly Parker – One goal on three shots. Parker was Curry’s sparkplug on offense the whole game.
- Amanda Crisfulla – two assists and EIGHT shots. Multiple good looks at goal and came very close to capitalizing, putting pressure on the Nighthawks’ defense all night.
- Briana Fitzsimmons – One shot, one goal. She opened the scoring to offset an underwhelming first half.