BY STEVEN SOUSA // Oct. 14, 2017//
Endicott’s overwhelming offensive attack proved to be too much for the women’s soccer team Saturday afternoon, as final score registered 4-0 in favor of the first-place Gulls.
Much of the first half was spent in the Colonels’ own side of the field and initially didn’t result in a lot of goals. But they were clearly playing with fire.
Endicott broke the tie in the 37th minute when forward Samantha Lello tapped in a rebound for a score, but it didn’t come without controversy. Gull defenseman Shannon Hickey took a corner kick that bounced off the hands of Curry’s goalkeeper, Haley Rice, and Lello was able to clean up.
Colonels head coach Jason Tassinari felt the call could have easily gone the other way and he let the referee know.
“With the way college officials protect the goalkeepers, I thought that the referee could have blown a quick whistle thinking that maybe the ball was close to her fingers where one finger is technically considered possession,” said Tassinari. “If we go into halftime 0-0, maybe it’s a different game in the second half.”
The second half was more of the same for Curry but this time, Endicott converted many more opportunities.
The Gulls erupted for three goals in an eight-minute span. The Colonels, who averaged over 18 shots per game heading into the contest, could only muster four on the afternoon, compared to Endicott’s 22.
Tassinari said that the defensive scheme they deployed combined with the skill of the Gulls; it was no surprise that the possession battle turned out in Endicott’s favor, but Curry wasn’t totally without chances.
“We had self-inflicted wounds,” Tassinari explained. “We had chances to attack, chances to play in the offensive third but our own technical skill let us down, we weren’t attacking with that intensity level.”
The loss puts the Colonels at 8-5-3 on the season, but 1-3-2 within the Commonwealth Coast Conference, placing them at 6th. Their last two losses came against the top two teams in the CCC in Endicott and Roger Williams.
Next up for the Colonels are three “very winnable” games according to Tassinari. They will need to win out in order to host a home playoff game.
Curry heads to Biddeford, ME on Wednesday to face the eighth-place University of New England Nor’easters, who are 1-4-1 in the conference.