By Conor Hanlon, Currier Times Staff///
EDITOR’S UPDATE: On Tuesday, November 1st, the Women’s soccer season came to an end as they lost to #2 UNE, 3-0, in the CCC Semifinal. Their final season record, 10-6-3.
MILTON, Mass.– In the past two decades, the Curry College Women’s soccer team has made the playoffs several times, even drawing a top five seed multiple times as well. The 2016 team made it to the semi-finals.
Now the 2022 team begins what they hope will be a deep playoff run after they beat the Salve Regina Seahawks 4-2 on Saturday October 29th.
The Colonels jumped out to an early lead in the 11th minute when senior Sam Borges buried a shot after being sent in on a through ball by junior Sydney Resendes.
“It was super important. It was our gameplan to put them under a lot of pressure with some pressure up top. To get a goal early was a part of the plan,” said Colonels’ coach Sarah Dacey.
That lead did not last long, however, when Salve forward Meagan McLaughlin fired a shot past keeper Hannah Correa to draw even just 30 seconds later.
“Obviously you don’t want to give up a goal like that after you score,” Dacey said. “I thought we held our composure and did a really good job at closing the first half out after that.”
The Colonels then retook the lead seven minutes later, on a goal by Resendes after junior defender Lexi LaPerle tried to send Resendes in on a long, aerial through ball that was dropped by Salve’s keeper — bouncing right to Resendes’s foot where she then slotted it home in the open goal.
The remainder of the half was filled with back-and-forth action by both teams with Salve trying to equalize, but not getting quality shots on goal and the first half ended with the Colonels leading 2-1.
The Colonels came flying out of the gates in the second half, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes of the half.
The first came six minutes into the half on a corner delivered by senior defender Jessica Gooch that found the head of sophomore midfielder Kiera Lindmark on the back post. Just seven minutes later senior defensive midfielder Erica Blanch fired a shot from 35 yards out that skipped by Salve’s keeper to make the score 4-1.
Dacey didn’t change much up during the halftime team talk, only reemphasizing the original gameplan.
“It was just to stay confident and stick with the gameplan. We wanted to keep putting them under pressure and be solid defensively,” Dacey added.
Salve’s Melissa Perachi scored their second goal of the night with just six minutes left to play, but it proved too little, too late for the Seahawks.
Sophomore keeper Hannah Correa stooped 11 shots on the night for Curry
With the win, the Colonels will be heading to Biddeford for a rematch against the Nor’easters on Tuesday November 1st. Coach Dacey said they’ll be ready to compete.
“UNE’s a really good team, so we’ll sit down watch film. It’s our least favorite result from the season, so we’ll shift our focus and try to have some confidence to play our game.”
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