Women’s soccer blanks Spartans in season opener

RPI women’s soccer came out kicking in its season opener against the Castleton State College Spartans, shutting out the opposition by a score of 3-0 on Renwyck Field. The Red Hawks are off to a winning start, after finishing the season last year with an overall record of 6-9, and a dismal 1-6 within conference play. The win last night, coupled with solid performances by many freshman players, etched out a strong start for the club.

Senior midfielder Jacyln Henry suited up for goal last night, as she stopped all six shots faced on the evening. It didn’t take long for the Red Hawks to place on the board, as within the opening three minutes freshman forward Shannon Maguire made her presence felt by netting the game winner at 2:45 of the opening half.

A shot by fellow freshman Laura Fenster at the 7:44 mark went wide past junior goalkeep Cady Kerin. However, Kerin proved not lucky as junior Danielle Redmond’s shot hit the back of the net at 12:12, assisted by freshman Nicole Goodsell. Maguire attempted to make a three-goal lead at 14:50, but went high over the net and out of play.

Castleton State opened the second half with three fouls and saw even worse luck with an RPI offensive onslaught. Senior forward Amanda Brophy had her shot saved by Kerin at 52:20, followed shortly by a corner shot from the host team. Finally, at 53:16, senior Heather Lautman netted the final tally of the game, with an assist from classmate Jessica Batty.

Rensselaer closed out the game with shots from sophomore Tonya Frank, freshman Lauren Brumbaugh, seniors Briana Bet and Lauren Lisle, and Goodsell, but was unable to get one more past Kerin.

The Red Hawks continue play this weekend in the RPI Classic, held right here on Renwyck Field. Both Saturday’s game against SUNY Plattsburg and Sunday’s game against Saint Joseph College begin at 2 pm.

New Assistant Coach

Last month it was announced by RPI Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton that Alieen Ascolese would be joining the Rensselaer athletics family as the new assistant coach to women’s soccer. Ascolese, a former NCAA Division-I soccer player for the Rider University Broncs, will join second-year Head Coach Cord Farmer in the team’s quest for Liberty League—and hopefully NCAA—success.

Ascolese was a member of the Rider squad from 2002-2005, where she played 80 games and amassed six goals and nine assists, good for 21 points, making her 12th all-time in Rider women’s soccer history. Captain of her team her senior year, Ascolese is also eighth for the school record of career assists.

Prior to joining the Rensselaer staff, Ascolese was the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team at Elmira College in Upstate New York, where she also served as the team’s head junior varsity coach and earned her master’s in general education in the spring of 2009.