(Gorham ME) The Gordon College women’s soccer team scored early and often in their opener, downing Thomas College, 9-0, on a sunny Friday afternoon at USM.
The Scots (1-0) were 17-3 last season and reached the Commonwealth Coast Conference finals. Watching this game made me suspect that another strong season lies ahead for the team from Wenham (MA).
Gordon coach Marc Whitehouse played everyone, including quite a few freshman. The Scots had plenty of fresh legs on the artificial surface at USM and the Terriers (0-1) could not contain Gordon’s nonstop attack.
Thomas College (from Waterville ME) is in the North Atlantic Conference. The Terriers were 4-11-1 in 2012.
Gordon scored in the first minute in both halves. Junior Hannah Midwinter did it in the first half breaking into the middle and scoring with her left foot. In the second half it was senior Kendra Woudenberg’s turn. Kendra fired a shot from the left that was deflected into the net by Terrier defender junior Jenn Day.
The Scots ended up with twenty-seven shots against Thomas GK senior Kate Thibodeau while the Terriers were held to one shot.
Sophomore Jamie Breton had two goals in the first twenty-five minutes. Junior Olivia Balloveras notched the other first-half score.
Kendra Woudenberg had two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. The first one was deflected in while the second one was a long shot.
Claire Brooks capitalized on a nice cross by Jamie Breton also in the second half.
Freshman Mary Catherine Aston clicked on a long shot from the left.
The other goal belonged to corner kicker freshman Kara Dry. Kara’s kick, in the second half, curled around the near post.
Gordon will be right back on the same field tomorrow (Saturday) when they face the University of Southern Maine. The Huskies (1-0) defeated Maritime of New York, 3-0, earlier in the afternoon.
I believe that Gordon coach Marc Whitehouse is now in his 30th year.
Bess Watson returns as the assistant coach. Bess is Gordon’s all-time leader in career assists (62) and season assists (25).
My wife and I met the new Gordon SID (Josh Cornwall) after the game.
Julie and I have been spending most of the summer in Bridgton which is about an hour north of Gorham. No, I will not be switching this blog into regular soccer coverage. I do, however, like the game and if I had the audience and time I could describe a game-winner I had at Homecoming (1962) against Barrington. Really!
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