By Katie Adams
Union’s Women’s Soccer headed out to Troy on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to take on rivals RPI. The Dutchwomen came out on top with a 1-0 win.
Julia Shively ’15 led the team to victory with a game-winning goal, heading the ball into the net in the 57th minute off a corner kick from Mollie Gilchrist ’15.
Breana Derella ’16 also stood out with two shots, as did Whitney Bickford ’15 with three, two on goal.
Bridget Flynn ’16 touched upon the win. “We didn’t get the results we were looking for last weekend, so we really brought it all together against RPI. A very competitive game and a great win.”
The previous weekend, the Dutchwomen took to the road, experiencing their first league loss at St. Lawrence, along with a 0-0 tie against Clarkson.
With these games on their minds, Union certainly bounced back with their win over RPI, allowing the team to move up in Liberty League standings.
On Saturday, the Dutchwomen took on #11 William Smith on their home field here in Schenectady.
Unfortunately, they did not find as much success as they found on Wednesday. After a long game, William Smith took the win after a heated double-overtime, beating the Dutchwomen 2-1.
William Smith’s Madeline Buckley gave her team an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the 48th minute.
Not soon after, Sydney Keane ’18 tied the game for Union in the 63rd minute with an upper-left shot just outside the box. She was assisted by Katie Monahan ’18.
William Smith had the chance to get another goal on the board before the time ran out, with a penalty kick late in the second half.
Fortunately for the Dutchwomen, the Herons missed, forcing the two teams to battle it out in two rounds of overtime.
While Union certainly had an exceptional game, William Smith took home the victory.
Four minutes into the second round of overtime, William Smith’s Krista Longo won the game with a right corner shot.
Bridget Flynn again commented on the game: “Everyone really stepped it up and played a hard-fought game until the very end. Unfortunately, William Smith made the most of a scoring opportunity.”
Flynn also talked about goaltender Allison Brustowicz ’15 and how pivotal she has been for the Dutchwomen. Flynn explained that Brustowicz has been “a lights-out goaltender for us this year, giving us a lot of promise going forward.”
Flynn also discussed the team dynamic: “We have a special group this year, with great leadership amongst the upperclassmen and an abundance of raw talent in the freshman class.”
While the Dutchwomen may have lost this one, they still held an overall record of 8-3-2 as of Tuesday night.
The Dutchwomen have the weekend off, resting up for their trip to Rochester to face RIT on Oct. 25 at 3:00 p.m.