It was a triumphant week in women’s soccer for the Engineers as the team brought in two wins, advancing to a 4-1 record for the season so far.
Their two-game streak began with a rather gloomy start—a severe weather delay on the night of September 11 bumped the game to a 9:05 start time. Nevertheless, the Engineers came out on fire to win over SUNY New Paltz with a shutout. Both goals were scored in the first half, the first goal only thirty-three seconds in by senior Sara Rothschild with an assist from senior captain Giana Abballe near the back right of the penalty area. Thirty-four minutes later, freshman Cori Winslow scored, assisted by sophomore Coley Mowder. With thirteen minutes left in the second half, New Paltz was on the brink of scoring and tightening the knot between the Hawks and the Engineers, but the ball was launched too high and kept the score down to a safe 2-goal difference. RPI finished the night dominating in shots 17-8, yet New Paltz held the lead in corner kicks 6-5.
Freshman goalie Alex Scholz celebrated her first collegiate shutout with three saves that night, and then carried on to yet another on Saturday against Castleton State in a 3-0 victory. This time, the sun was shining and the weather felt more like an autumn day as nine minutes after start time, a goal was knocked in by one of Castleton’s own defenders on a cross from RPI’s Rothschild. Twenty-six minutes later, junior Emily Eastman scored her first of two goals of the game, scoring the next inside eight short minutes, with an assist from freshman Ali Zumpetta. At half time, the Engineers had an 11-2 shot advantage and were up by four in the corner kick count. Not much occurred for the continuation of the game, as senior goalie Steph Vargas saw no new shots in the final twenty minutes of the game, and only one shot for Castleton was recorded.
As for now, the Engineers are off to NYU for a non-league game on Thursday, September 19, and have two more away contests after that. Will they be able to maintain their near-spotless record? If they keep up the way they’ve been playing, it won’t be hard to do so.