After Tuesday’s 8–1 dismantling of St. Peter’s, the women’s soccer team (0,0 Ivy, 5–3) continued its three-game winning streak this weekend at Reese Stadium.
In two high-tempo games this weekend, the Bulldogs came out victorious over Iona College (2–4) Friday night and Central Connecticut State University (1–6) Sunday evening.
The first matchup of the weekend against Iona ended in spectacular overtime fashion when just one minute and 50 seconds into overtime, midfielder Meredith Speck ’15 slipped the ball between two Gaels to midfielder Kristen Forster ’13. Forster then beat the keeper to the ball and slammed it into the netting to beat Iona 2–1.
“It wasn’t our ideal plan to go into overtime,” said Forster. But Forster added putting away the game and winning at home was a great feeling.
Despite the 2–1 final score, the Bulldogs had plenty of scoring opportunities. With a total of 13 shots during the game, the Elis demonstrated their will to take the ball to the net and shoot often and accurately. The Bulldogs were also able to hold the Gaels to zero shots during the first half.
“I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get the shutout,” head coach Rudy Meredith said. “But I’m proud of them for the way they kept fighting.”
The Elis kept fighting through the end of the weekend for another win and for the elusive shutout that slipped through their hands the past two games.
Thirty-six minutes into the first half against Central Connecticut State University, Forster scored her second goal of the weekend. During a scramble in front of the Blue Devils’ net, midfielder Juliann Jeffrey ’14 crossed a pass that bounced off a defender. Forster stepped in and chipped it into the top of the net to score the only goal of the game for the Bulldogs.
“It was good to get a shutout before next weekend,” Meredith said.
The battles the Elis faced on the field during the weekend were not just in scoring and stopping goals. In last night’s game each team was issued a yellow card. Meredith said that this was one of the season’s more physical games, as both teams were giving it their all.
The Elis won many of the close races for balls and worked to maintain control during both games. Forward Melissa Gavin ’15 said the team did particularly well possessing the ball and passing it around to find the optimal shot.
“[We] were patient,” Gavin said.
After the weekend, the Bulldogs remain undefeated at home.
The Elis are looking forward to next weekend, when conference play beings.
“Everything we do this week is about getting ready for Princeton,” Meredith said.
The Bulldogs will take on Princeton at Reese Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m. to kick off Ivy League play.