Women’s soccer ends skid with conference win

The Engineers finally broke their five game-losing run this past weekend as they hosted the Vassar College Brewers on Saturday during the opening of the East Campus Athletic Village. After enjoying the past week free of competition, the girls were able to regroup and prepare for the demanding schedule ahead.

The RPI women took no time in getting started. Junior Danielle Redmond scored the first goal of the game only 57 seconds into gameplay with an assist by senior Briana Bet. The goal made it clear for the competition how ready the Engineers really were for this conference game. Their enthusiasm and strive to succeed continued on for the duration of the game.

Less than 10 minutes later, Redmond guided a header toward freshman Shannon Maguire, who delivered the goal. Maguire fired the ball over the Vassar goalkeeper, scoring the second point for the Engineers. The remainder of the first period saw no goals from either team as both the Brewers and the Engineers fought for control of the ball.

RPI opened the second half by drawing a penalty kick 37 seconds in. Maguire buried the shot into the top left corner of the net for her second goal of the game and the third for the Engineers. One minute later, the Brewers were able to find a goal on an indirect kick just outside the box, which slid past freshman goalie Melissa Pinsonneault.

For the rest of the match, neither team was able to better their scores, concluding with RPI in the lead with a winning score of 3-1. Both teams boasted 14 shots, with eight of them being shots on goal. Redmond completed this game with one goal and one assist while Maguire claimed two goals. Maguire currently leads the Engineers in scoring this season, with six goals and one assist.

This victory has boosted the Engineers’ confidence this season as they approach their most challenging game yet on Friday, when they travel to Union College for their fourth Liberty League match. On Saturday, the Engineers will then head over to Skidmore College to face the Thoroughbreds.