Dutchmen and Dutchwomen’s soccer off to a brilliant start

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By Chris Allen

had a tremendous game. He made every save look so easy, I don’t know how he does it sometimes,” said senior leader Jaime Skelton.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie. “It was a hard fought game against a talented, hardworking team. Although we would have loved to win, we were happy with the result. It gives a lot of confidence going into league play,” said senior captain Nick Vozzela.

Off to an equally exciting start is the women’s soccer team.

After a disappointing end of the season last year, the Dutchwomen soccer team is back and ready to play.

They opened the season with a nail biting 1-0 win over Endicott College.

The team then hit a bump in the road as they fell 2-3 to the University of Rochester in the Flower City Soccer Tournament.

This past Saturday, the team returned home to face St. John Fisher College. The Dutchwomen controlled the play in the first half, recording nine shots, five of those on net.

There was no score in the first half, leaving the crowd on edge as both teams returned for the second half. “Our ball movement was fluid and all we needed was a goal,” said senior Caroline Gorka.

The Dutchwomen continued their dominanting play throughout the second half and eventually were rewarded in the 82nd minute.

A foul occurred outside of the box, giving the Dutchwomen a free kick. Breana Derella ‘16 took full advantage of the free kick, scoring past the Cardinal goalie.

“When Bre scored, it felt like validation of our hard work” said Gorka. Senior Melissa Scinto added, “It was a relief when we scored because we had dominated the entire game, but we couldn’t seem to finish our chances.”

That well-deserved goal proved to be all the Dutchwomen needed as junior goaltender Allison Brustowicz ‘15 helped her team by recording a shut out.

Scinto summed up the emotion of the team by saying, “It’s always great to start the season off with a win!”

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