By Michael Mullen
After losing five seniors last year, the Union College women’s soccer team has kicked off the season right with five wins and no losses. The Dutchwomen have hit the ground running in hopes of bettering last season’s 13-4-1 record.
With five new freshmen ready to prove themselves and eight seniors ready to lead by example, it is fair to anticipate great things from the team.
The Dutchwomen have already had two big wins this season. They defeated No. 24 SUNY New Paltz 2-1 in overtime and took down SUNY Plattsburgh 1-0 in a close battle.
In the first five games, the team has scored eleven goals while only allowing two. Jennifer Mansfield ‘13 is the leading scorer with five goals followed closely by Mollie Gilchrist ‘15 with three goals and Laura Snowden ‘15 with two. This high-energy offense will be exciting to watch this season.
Over the weekend, the Dutchwomen took on the Endicott College gulls. Jennifer Mansfield scored the only goal off of a great assist by Gilchrist in the first half. After striking first, the Union defense, led by goalkeeper Kayla Marti ‘13, went to work. Marti made seven saves to preserve Union’s 1-0 victory.
In the second game, Union again won 1-0 over SUNY Plattsburgh with Jennifer Mansfield scoring the only goal of the game on a penalty kick in the first half.
Having finished last season with such a strong record, the expectation must be to continue the winning tradition at Union.
This summer the team traveled to France and Italy for two weeks bonding both on and off the field.
The team dynamic is set to get them through those tough obstacles that always arise during difficult Liberty League play.
The Dutchwomen hit the road to take on the University of Rochester this Saturday.