First loss in league play

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By Michael Mullen

The Union Women’s Soccer team hosted Skidmore last Thursday and came away with their first Liberty League win of the season.

The game was scoreless until early in the second half, but not because of a lack of chances.  Union controlled most of the game with 11 shots on goal.  Skidmore was only able to get 3 shots on goal as the Union defense continued to play tight in the back line.

Senior goalkeeper Kayla Marti recorded her fifth shutout in seven games.  The only goal of the game came off the foot of sophomore defender Whitney Bickford.  She scored on a rebound after the Skidmore goalkeeper stopped an initial shot by Melissa Mansfield ‘14.

The 17th ranked Dutchwomen were at it again this past weekend at RIT.  They went into the game with a seven game winning streak on the line and hoping to grab another Liberty League win.

RIT started early as they scored in the fifth minute of the game. However, Union tied the game up with a goal from Jennifer Mansfield ‘13. This was the senior’s sixth goal on the season.

RIT pulled away as they scored two goals within four minutes of each other to take the 3-1 lead. Union tacked on another goal in the 82nd minute with a goal from Melissa Scinto ’14.  Union couldn’t add another goal in the remaining minutes of the game. This was Union’s first conference and overall loss on the season.

The Dutchwomen began to struggle last year when it cam to conference play. They hope to turn their fortunes around this year to have a shot at the Liberty League title. Which they have not won since 2006. This will best espically difficult because how competitive the league.  William Smith College is the current leader in the League and is also currently ranked number one in the nation.

Union (7-1-0, 1-1-0) will take on Hartwick on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Oneonta, NY.

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