BY BRANDON WILFORE // Oct. 22, 2016 //
The last game at home is something special for athletes, and six Curry seniors were able to go out on top with a 1-0 conference win over Gordon College.
With rain coming down almost sideways, the gloomy mood was set as tears and raindrops poured down the seniors faces during the opening ceremony. As soon as the ceremony concluded, however, it was all business for the Colonels who were seeking their 10th win of the season.
The first half was back and forth as both teams were slipping and sliding in the rain. The Fighting Scots got off six shots and senior Morgan Stott, who has been a huge asset to the team all year, made five spectacular saves. Curry only had three looks at goal in this half, their offense seemed sluggish and no one really wanted it.
0-0 at the half.
The second half started and the Colonels passed the ball into play and to the outside where they made a run at the end line with numbers. No less than 20 seconds into the second half, senior Kaitlyn Lima had a beautiful ground-ball cross and classmate Briana Fitzsimmons buried her fourth goal of the year to put Curry up 1-0 in her last home game.
The Colonels were the hungrier team in the second half, winning virtually every header and beating out every loose ball. They weren’t going to let anybody spoil their senior night.
Curry got solid contributions from many seniors, including Kelly Parker, who had multiple great looks off of corner kicks leading to many opportunities for the Colonels. Senior Christina Chiofalo put in solid minutes all over the field.
On top of that, Abbey Sadlers suited up and got her first start since 2014 when she had been sidelined due to concussion issues. It was a very emotional night for all involved.
The inspired Colonels held on to win 1-0 and improved to 10-7-2 to keep their playoff hopes alive and well.
Playoff Push: Curry has now won two straight conference games and ends the season against conference foe Eastern Nazarene Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
Injury Bug: Junior Cassie Grasso and senior Korinna Tsonis both came down with season-threatening injuries, possibly serious enough to put the regular season finale and postseason play in jeopardy.
Future?: Although Curry has six seniors, only four of them see consistent playtime, while the underclassmen backups get minutes to develop and gel for the years to come.