Women’s Soccer had two away games this past weekend as they traveled to face Clarkson University on Friday and St. Lawrence University on Saturday. The Engineers, who had just come off a 1-2 loss to Vassar College in overtime last weekend, were out for redemption this time around.
The Engineers started off with a 1-0 win against Clarkson. The game’s lone goal came from senior midfielder Kensey Waterman in the 24th minute, with freshmen forward coming Emily Kaplan had the assist.
Clarkson tried responding in the second half, putting up nine shots, but freshman Joey Lyons continued a great season as goalie by keeping the Clarkson scoreless. Lyons ultimately finished the day with six saves, and earned her 7th shutout of this season.
According to Assistant Coach Shelby Stromerson ’15, the team’s primary goal for this weekend was to come away with six points, or two wins. “Starting with a win [against Clarkson] put us on track toward those 6 points and help[ed] us regain some points and recognition after the loss [to Vassar].”
The Engineers then faced the tougher St. Lawrence Saints. The game remained scoreless throughout the first half, with St. Lawrence edging RPI 7-2 in shot attempts.
Both teams kept up the aggression in the second half. Senior forward Cori Winslow attempted a shot in the 48th minute, but was unsuccessful, and sophomore forward Emily Dunn saw the same fate with her shot in the 78th minute.
With the game still scoreless at the end of regulation, RPI and St. Lawrence entered overtime. Unlike their previous OT loss to Vassar from the week before, RPI came in with a better mindset this week.
RPI opened up the OT with multiple shots on goal and multiple corner kicks, keeping the aggression up.
In the 100th minute freshman midfielder, Jacqui Richard found the net to clinch RPI’s victory. With the win, RPI improved to 11-3-0 for the season. Lyons recorded her eighth shutout saves and improved to 11-3-0 as well.
With 4 games left this season, Stromerson said that the team will work extra hard to win every game now. “Every game from now on is a must win to ensure that we qualify for the league tournament,” she said.
The Engineers will face Bard College away on Saturday.