(Wenham MA) Say goodbye to that losing streak!
The Gordon College women’s soccer team defeated Curry College, 2-1, on a gloomy Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference action on The Quad and halted a one-game losing streak.
The Scots saw their nine-game win streak end on Thursday (1-0) at Salem State but they came back with goals late in both halves to get past a better-than-their-record-indicates Curry team.
Gordon (12-2 overall/ 5-0 in CCC) fell behind in the first half before getting a tying goal (Jamie Breton) late in that half.
Curry (6-7 overall/ 1-4 in the CCC) had the better chances for twenty minutes of the second half but couldn’t finish. The game looked to be heading for overtime until Shelby Palafox blasted home the game-winner for Gordon with 1:55 left.
Gordon played without two injured starters – senior Julie Miller and junior Hannah Midwinter. The Scots are also down to their third goalkeeper (sophomore McKenzie Dion) but none of this kept them from their 12th win of the season.
The visitors seemed well aware of the Scots injury situation and pressured the home team early by trying to get break-ins off of long kicks.
The Colonels got the best of scoring chances with 13:07 left in the first half when Brittney McLaughlin was dumped in the penalty area. (I usually like to name names on PK-resulting fouls but I was too far away on this one to be sure.)
Freshman Kaitlyn Lima took the PK for Curry. That was no surprise. The freshman, from New Bedford, leads the team in scoring. Kaitlyn placed a grounder into the right corner to put Curry ahead, 1-0.
Kaitlyn (11 goals) ended up taking eleven shots in this game. She was certainly the most dangerous of the Curry forwards.
Freshman Meg Krause came on as a substitute in the last five minutes of the first half and set up the tying goal for the Scots.
On the scoring play, Meg delivered a centering pass from the left. Junior Taylor McSherry headed the ball and it ended up at the feet of sophomore Jamie Breton. Jamie’s hard low shot eluded Curry’s senior goalie Hayley Lorge.
Hayley (from Beverly MA) leads the CCC in saves with 126.
Hayley made several terrific saves in the latter part of the second half and I sensed that overtime would be played. Wrong.
Corner kicks are always potentially dangerous. In many of them, the strategy is to get a crowd near the goalie along the goal line and try to limit her mobility in following the kick in.
That strategy didn’t appear to be in place on Gordon’s game-winner. Kendra Woudenberg’s kick from the right (she’s left-footed) was out a ways and freshman Abigail Sadlers headed it back toward midfield.
Unfortunately, for Curry, they had no players in the area when the ball was headed to. Fortunately, for Gordon, they did…….sophomore Shelby Palafox.
Shelby had time to take several steps toward the ball and, through a bunch of players, send a bullet toward Hayley Lorge and the Curry net. Hayley was in terrific position in the middle of the net for Shelby’s shot. However, somewhere on the way through the crowd, a Curry defender got hit with the shot or tried to deflect the shot. Hayley was frozen in the middle of the net and into the right corner dribbled the deflected shot for the game winner for Gordon.
The goal was Shelby’s second of the season and her first game-winner. Shelby leads Gordon in playing minutes.
Curry started this season winning five of their first six. Since then they’ve lost six of their last seven. They will travel to Mass Maritime on October 15th for their next game.
Gordon was able to win despite being short-handed and having to rely on reserves and long minutes for most starters.
The Scots have five games left and will face a very tough Plymouth State team on the road on Wednesday at 5PM. How good is Plymouth State? They defeated Salem State, 3-2, on October 8th. The Vikings defeated Gordon on October 10th.
It looked like it would rain at any moment but it never happened.
Four geese flew overhead during the game. At first I thought they were heading south but when they turned I guessed that they were looking for a Quad landing spot.
Gordon has one more regular-season home game left (UNE on October 23rd).
Could this be the year the Gordon women win a CCC soccer championship? Don’t bet against it!
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