Hard work in the preseason and a tough defense have helped propel women’s soccer to a 3–0 start this season.
The Engineers faced Farmingdale State College and Western Connecticut State as part of the Rams Classic on September 3 and 4, respectively. They defeated Farmingdale 1–0 in regular time and Western Connecticut State 1–0 in overtime. This past Saturday, the Engineers came out on top midway through the second half, winning 1–0, with junior midfielder Stephanie May scoring the only goal.
According to Assistant Coach Shelby Stromerson ’16, the strong start the team had over their first weekend “is a reflection of the hard work the team has put in over the summer and preseason.”
Stromerson added that, after the first weekend, the team can see that it had both the talent and the drive to be successful this season. However, she noted that “the work is by no means over. [The first weekend] has given us a strong foundation to continue to improve upon and maintain throughout the rest of the season.”
The goalie for the Engineers this season is freshman Joey Lyons. After an impressive performance during the first weekend, Stromerson noted that Lyons is adjusting well to collegiate play.
“Joey’s great performance this past weekend gives the team confidence in not only her goalkeeping abilities, but also her adjustment to collegiate soccer,” said Stromerson.
Lyons noted that winning both of those tight games shows not only the team’s mental strength but also their perseverance and determination to win. “While both games ended with close scores, we dominated throughout the weekend and rallied hard when we truly needed to,” she said.
Lyons added that the strong start showed how promising this season can be and the potential the team has shown right from the start.
“With a lot of changes, from a new coach to so many new players, it reflects how well we have come together over the past two weeks and how much further we can go,” she said.
Stromerson added that the team now has a confidence in Lyons that will improve the way they play as the season goes on.
“Team confidence in goalkeepers allows for all 11 players on the field to be used effectively as goalkeepers become an added dimension to both defense and offense. To have that early on in Joey at the start of her career gives our team an exciting future,” she said.
After a 1-0 win against Wilkes University this past Saturday, the Engineers are now 3-0.
Another shutout win means the Engineers have held their opponents scoreless for 3 games, something Lyons thinks is very important. “It shows that our team is not only strong but consistent, which is vital as we go further into the season. Winning, with shutouts, is a team effort and our success comes from the great team chemistry that we have.”
The Engineers face New Paltz at home on Friday at 4 pm and will face Williams College away on Sunday at noon.