By Elise Person
The women’s soccer team lost their first conference game this season against the Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights in a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday, Sept.18 at home. The Sharks had trouble facilitating an effective offense and sending shots into the back of the net, whereas the Knights capitalized on their chances
During the first half, the game was even. The Knights took seven shots, and the Sharks took four. The Knights had four corner kicks and the Sharks had three. The score read 0-0 at half time, however, this did not last long into the second half.
Only two minutes and 50 seconds into the second half, Knights senior, Jackson Bennett, sent a shot into the back of the net. A minute and six seconds later, the Knights sent another one soaring past the Sharks’ keeper to put the score at 2-0. The Sharks weren’t able to answer these back-to-back goals sent in by the Knights offense and the game ended in a 2-0 loss.
The Sharks’ offense was able to get shots off, yet none were accurate enough to go in. The Sharks finished the game by taking 10 shots, three of them were on-goal. The big difference between the two teams was that the Knights took 14 shots with six of them on goal. The blue and gold were able to generate some sort of offense, yet they were unable to capitalize in finishing shots.
Despite the loss, the Shark’s freshman goalkeeper Kayla DeTreux had a solid day in between the posts finishing the game with four saves.
Later in the week, on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Sharks faced off against Harvard University. They took a defeating 5-0 loss to the Harvard Crimson.
The past week for women’s soccer puts their record at 1-7-1 for the season and 0-1 for the NEC conference. However, this is not representative of the Sharks’ chance to make it to the NEC tournament. With nine conference games left in this season’s schedule, there is still ample time to improve their record and play their way towards the NEC tournament.
The Sharks now prepare to begin a