Women's soccer drops league opener

By Andrew Arnao

Writer

After falling behind just three minutes into the contest, the women’s soccer team could not overcome the early deficit in a league-opening loss at Colgate this past week. The Bison defense surrendered 21 total shots, with 11 hitting the target. Despite surrendering three goals, goalkeeper Sandita McDermott ’13 finished with seven saves.

After their early goal, the Raiders added two more goals before the end of the first half to gain a three-goal lead. The Bison had some opportunities on corner kicks in the first half, but for the rest of the game, the offense was almost completely shut down.

“We gave up two goals early and that really hurt us,” defender Meghan Fitzpatrick ’13 said. “We still created a lot of opportunities for ourselves as we got behind their defense throughout the game, but couldn’t find a way to capitalize.”

Overall, the Bison were outshot 21-6 and had three shots on goal.  Midfielder Taryn Boucher ’13 was the only Bison to record multiple shots, ending the contest with two.

“I think [Saturday’s] game reminded us both of the type of competition we face in league and of the effort and level of play that we need to bring every time we step on the field during the remainder of the season,” forward Megan DeGennaro ’12 said.

The Bison will continue their four-game road stretch with two games against Patriot League rivals Holy Cross and Army today and Sunday, respectively.

“There were some things we need to change and others that we executed well and will bring with us as we continue in league play against Holy Cross, and then Army and beyond,” DeGennaro said.

Sitting with a 0-1 league record, the Bison cannot afford to drop both upcoming contests if they hope to stay in contention.

“Getting any points on the road is a challenge,” Fitzpatrick said. “We will look to focus on keeping a shutout and finding a way to score goals.”

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