Women’s soccer team outduels Chargers in 2-1 win
The women’s soccer team defeated the Colby-Sawyer Chargers in a must-win game moving to 11-5-2 and clinching the third seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).
In the first half, the Lasers sought out many offensive possessions but unfortunately had nothing to show for as they struggled to put the ball in the net.
As time passed, both teams attempted to generate offense and eventually, the Lasers would strike at the 25’ mark with a goal from senior forward Evelyn DiFiore giving the Lasers a 1-0 lead. It was also their first shot on goal.
The excitement wouldn’t last long for the Lasers, however, as the Chargers would strike back with a goal from Bridget O'Connell at the 28’ mark. This goal was also their first shot on goal.
Going into the second half, the Lasers’ energy started to pick up on both sides of the ball. Coming out of the gate with fire was junior defender Julia Vaillancourt who rose above her opponent after a ball was crossed into the Charger’s goalie box. Without hesitation, Vaillancourt notched a header into the back of the net for a go-ahead goal.
Despite a handful of chances for the Chargers to find the equalizer, the Lasers would hold on for the 2-1 victory in their final regular season game.
After the match, DiFiore described what it was like playing for her squad this season.
“This team is unlike any other team I've been on before. The environment is seriously magnetic,” said Difiore. “We've had ups and downs, [but] a little bit of fight in games like these is even more important, and I think we all showed up today.”
Head Coach Vito La Francesca praised Difiore for the contributions she has given to the team, especially during her last few games.
“[Evelyn Difiore] has just been putting the ball where it needs to be.”
When asked about how the team adjusted during the match, La Francesca noted that it took a bit of time to get where they wanted to be, but had the utmost confidence in his squad.
“They're just getting better and better and better,” said La Francesca. “I know that everything we've worked hard on is finally clicking.”
La Francesca also made it clear that the team is ready for the playoffs.
“We start a new season tomorrow.”
DiFiore, similarly to her coach, said her mindset is simple heading into the playoffs.
“Hard work and winning. That's all,” said Difiore. “The next game is the only one that matters right now.”
The Lasers will open the playoffs with a home game on Saturday, Oct. 28 against the 6th-seeded Saint Joseph Connecticut Blue Jays at 1:30 p.m.