The women’s soccer team is simply rolling these days. After starting the season with three straight losses to Montclair State, SUNY Geneseo and Plattsburgh State, the Dutchwomen have reeled off seven consecutive matches without a loss, accruing five wins and two ties in that span.
It was perhaps that 2-1 defeat to Plattsburgh State that marked the turning point for this year’s Dutchwomen.
After being shutout in each of its first two matches, Union held a 1-1 tie with Plattsburgh at the end of regulation. Ultimately, it took a pair of overtimes for the victors to finally dispel the Dutchwomen on Madeline Saccocio’s game-winning goal.
The scoring struggles continued for Union, but the defense seemed to turn it up a notch in response with a pair of 1-0 victories over the University of Rochester and SUNY New Paltz. It was Katie Monahan ’18 who netted the lone tally just 2:26 minutes into the game in the win over Rochester.
It would be another 176 minutes of game-time before the Dutchwomen scored again, this time with an 88th-minute goal from Linsey Giles ’20, the only tally Union needed to defeat New Paltz. The Dutchwomen defense continued to thrive in a pair of ties over their next two games. It was Marika Contompasis ’20 who tied the game about 30 minutes into Union’s 1-1 tie against Buffalo State. Morgan Dominick ’20 tallied her first career collegiate point with an assist on the score, while Kelly Hartsoe ’19 tied a career-high with six saves in the tie.
The Dutchwomen then drew Skidmore to a 0-0 tie in its Liberty League opener. Hartsoe nearly doubled her career-high with 11 saves in the draw. Another late-game goal, this time from Michelle Staples ’17, gave Union a 2-1 victory over Bard College in its next contest.
Dominick scored the game’s first goal on a feed from Aly Leahy ’18 to give the Dutchwomen a 1-0 lead early in the match. Avalon Qian had the equalizer for Bard before Union ultimately prevailed. The Dutchwomen followed up with another outstanding defensive performance, pitching a shutout and defeating Westfield State 1-0.
The shutout again came with Hartsoe in net, the fourth in her last six starts. Monahan tallied the lone goal on a 24th-minute corner kick. Syndey Keane ’18 got a slight touch on the corner from Nicole Sturno ’19, setting up Monahan for the only goal Union needed that afternoon.
In their most recent contest, the Dutchwomen had their best performance of the year when they disposed of John Jay College handily, routing them 9-0. Keane produced a five-point afternoon, tallying two goals and three assists. Tristan Kijak ’20 also netted a pair of goals while Monahan, Leahy, Staples, Victoria Marotta ’17 and Allie Supranowicz ’18 each scored once.
Sturno tallied three assists and Hartsoe recorded yet another shutout. Union outshot John Jay by an absurd margin of 27-2.
The Dutchwomen will look to continue their winning ways when they return to the pitch on October 8 against Rochester Institute of Technology. Further ahead, the women’s soccer team will face down St. Lawrence University on October 14.