In their Saturday bout, the women’s soccer team took on Colorado College. Unfortunately, the girls were not able to match the drama of the men’s huge double overtime victory against Saint Mary’s (Ca.)
The match-up between the two schools ended in a stalemate after a long 120
minutes from both sides. Throughout the entire game, the Raiders gave up very few opportunities with sophomore Emily Pullen on defense and fellow sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Mason
“I think we improved on a lot of the things we had been practicing on that week,” Pullen said of the
“No doubt the Raiders were fueled on by the large spectator turnout, which was a result of the home opener as well as the postgame fireworks.
“We specifically moved the ball around really well, and we were very energetic the whole game,” Pullen added. The passing was crisp, and they were working on and off the ball well. Sophomore forward Sophie Lederer agreed with what Pullen noted about
“Our work rate, intensity and focus in the game on Saturday were all great and something we hope to keep up this
season,” Lederer added.
With a record of 1-1-1, the team remains optimistic of the rest of the season. The team added a total of seven first-years, something that sophomore midfielder
Lysette Roman is excited about.
“They are all really talented soccer players,” Roman said of the new crop of players that will certainly add to the team’s morale and success over the course of
“Every game will be a battle, but our team has improved a lot and we have a very deep bench,” Roman added.
One such battle, the players acknowledged, will come in the form of Boston University – the team that knocked the Raiders out of the Patriot League Tournament last year with a brutal 3-0 victory – and Army, who they lost to 1-0 last season.
Despite their loss to a tough Terriers team last year, Lederer believes this year will be different.
“Hopefully we end the season with a Patriot League Title and a deep run in the NCAA tournament,” Lederer said of the team’s mentality.
This coming Friday, September 5, the Raiders take on Vermont in their own Nike Classic tournament at Beyer-Small ‘76 Field.
They will follow up their game against the Catamounts with a match-up against UMass-Lowell on Sunday.