(Wenham) Now we know why she’s on the cover of the Gordon College Fighting Scots Fall 2012 program.
Against undefeated Roger Williams University, senior Karina Scavo had a career minute netting two second-half goals. Those goals turned out to be enough to defeat the visiting Hawks , 3-2, on a lovely Saturday afternoon of Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s soccer.
With the win, the Scots (12-2 overall / 5-1 in the CCC) move ahead of RWU (6-5-2 / 4-1-1) to first in the conference with three road games left.
Gordon honored their five seniors, including Karina, in a pre-game ceremony.
The Hawks figured to be a tough match for the Scots since they had a road win over Endicott while GC had suffered their only CCC loss to the Gulls at home.
The Scots struck first when senior Caitlin Nedde cut in from the right side and drilled a left-footed shot to the far corner at 11:24 of the first half for her twelfth goal.
While GC had the goal, RWU had the chances. They would capitalize about six minutes later when Katie Lydon had a clean look from straight away and notched her sixth goal of the season to tie the score.
Karina Scavo’s first goal, midway through the second half, was a beauty. Karina took a lead pass from Taylor McSherry and burst in on RWU goalie Stephanie Jaques. (RWU coach Tim Moody yelled afterwards that she was offsides.)
I thought that Karina would shoot right away but instead she deked by the goalie and ended up with a wide open net into which she delivered her second goal of the season.
Less than a minute later Karina had a free kick from the Frost Hall side of the field. She shot for the near post with no traffic between her and the goal. GK Stephanie Jaques was ready at the near post but the ball went through her hands into the net to give GC a 3-1 lead with 21:21 to go. I was very surprised to see that shot go in and I‘m sure that the GK was as well.
Down by two goals, the Hawks patiently turned up the pressure. (I thought that they were excellent in the short game throughout the game.) Most of the action over the last twenty minutes was in the Gordon end.
A Hawk corner kick enabled Taylor Provost (from Peabody MA) to score with 6:58 left and reduce the margin to 3-2.
Those final minutes produced a number of dangerous RWU scoring chances but the Scots defense, led by goalkeeper Kari Christensen, kept the Hawks from tying the score.
This was the first GC women’s soccer game I have been at since record-setter Lindsey Benson played for Gordon.
I had been recently tipped off that I needed to take a look at the 2012 Scots. This team could do something special in the CCC playoffs.
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