Ivy Spolier: Yale Ends Winning Streak For Women’s Soccer Team

Conor Fitzgerald

It took some rain this weekend to finally cool off the red-hot Raider women’s soccer team. The Raiders fought Army to a 1-1 draw on Friday and lost to Yale, 2-1, on Sunday. With the loss and the tie the Raiders surrendered their perfect Patriot League season and snapped their eight-game unbeaten streak at home. The tie with Army, however, did preserve the team’s undefeated Patriot League season and kept it in first place in the League. The Raiders faced off against Army on Friday night in the rain at Van Doren Field. The rain slowed down both team’s offenses in the first half, as the teams played to a scoreless tie. The Raiders had three shots on net in the first half but were denied by Army goalkeeper Devon Collins. With the rain still coming down 54 minutes into the game, it was the Raiders who found the back of the net first. Sophomore Jackie Burch sent a shot from 35 yards out that rocketed past Collins to give the Raiders a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Burch’s first collegiate goal and it was assisted by sophomore Megan Bergman. With time winding down, it looked as if the Raiders defense was once again in line to shut down the opposition and lead the Raider’s to victory. Then a questionable call gave Army a free kick from 40 yards out with nine minutes left to play. The Black Knights took advantage of the scoring opportunity when junior Leigh Kosco found the back of the net with a header. The two teams stayed tied for the rest of regulation and the game went into overtime. The rain and strong defensive play kept both offenses in check as the team played out both overtimes to a 1-1 tie. The Black Knights were able to use a combination of the elements and strong defensive play to slow down the Raiders offense. Army defender Mary Erin Boyle was given the difficult task of slowing down first-year forward Franny Iacuzzi and did her job superbly, holding Iacuzzi shotless for the game. Boyle was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts. Fellow forward junio Kelly Kuss was also kept off the scoreboard. Friday’s game was the first time Colgate’s forwards were held without a point since the team lost, 5-0, to St. Mary’s on September 12. The Raiders returned to action on Sunday against Yale. The Bulldogs stepped onto Van Doren Field, where the Raiders have been invincible this year (6-0-1), and gave Colgate its first loss at home this season. The Bulldogs were lead by Mimi Macauley, who found the net on an unassisted goal in the 19th minute. Macauley struck again three minutes later on a corner kick from Lindsey Weening. Weening’s goal would prove to be the game-winner, as the Raiders were unable to overcome the 2-0 deficit. At the half the Raiders changed keepers, putting first-year Carly Sousa in net. Sousa recorded three saves in the second half to keep the Bulldogs lead at two. Colgate’s offense, however, did not get started until the 87th minute, by which time it was too late. After a corner kick, junior Allison Bernardini passed he ball to Kuss, who found the net. The comeback was too little too late, however, as the Raiders lost, 2-1.While last weekend’s games were a setback for the Raiders, the team is still in great position to capture its first Patriot League regular season title since 2000. The tie against Army does not change what the Raiders have to do to clinch first place, which is to beat Lehigh and Lafayette. But the margin of error is now much smaller, with American only one point back. The team resumes action tomorrow in a key match-up against third-place Lehigh in Behlehem.