Women’s soccer win streak snapped
Matt Gad – Sports Writer
The five-game winning streak Adam Cohen’s women’s soccer squad was riding is no more. Saturday night, Stonehill, coming in at 7-4, one game worse than the Owls, rallied for a second-half comeback behind back- to-back goals from junior Courtney Campo.
Owls freshman Kaitlyn D’Amico struck within the game’s opening minutes and the score stayed 1-0 until Campo’s offense powered the Skyhawks all the way home.
“We’re gonna get together now and go over different film footage. We’re gonna learn from our mistakes and keep getting better day in and day out,” senior captain Mikaela Magee said. “We continue to work hard on the practice field and we’re gonna use this game to help us move forward and get better.”
The Owls are now 8-4 and 7-2 in conference play following the 2-1 loss, snapping a winning streak dating back all the way to Sept. 18 when they defeated Saint Anselm, 1-0, behind freshman Kelsey Burr’s goal.
“It’s simple [to re-group]. We look forward to the next match now,” Cohen said. “We just need to move forward to Wednesday. We’ll feel bad about this tonight and tomorrow we’ll start getting ready.”
The team has six regular season games remaining, starting with tonight’s non-conference matchup at home with 9-1 Mercy College. Next Saturday they will travel to Waltham, Mass. for an 11 a.m. tilt with a struggling 3-4-3 Bentley Falcons squad, followed by road games with Merrimack Oct. 16 and Southern New Hampshire Oct. 20. They will close out their regular season at home with Le Moyne Oct. 24 and then Franklin Pierce Oct. 27.
“It’s all gonna be about the next game right now,” Cohen said. “It’s how you respond. We have a good team, we have a good group of girls and they’re gonna rebound.”
D’Amico’s goal is just one of many that freshmen have scored for the Owls this year. Greta Brunello and Burr have been piling up the stat sheet for their team so far during the regular season.
The Owls and Skyhawks may be evenly matched in their overall records but Stonehill has struggled to a 5-4 conference clip while the Owls have marched on to 7-2.
“This was a really competitive game and I think everyone that stepped on the field worked the hardest they possibly could and we’re just gonna keep getting better day in and day out here,” Magee said.
So the team that had just two wins a season ago will seek to head to the playoffs for the first time in two years. In 2016, though, the Owls lost their opening NE10 Tournament game to Pace, 1-0. The last time the team went into the ECAC Tournament was in 2014. That year they lost their conference postseason game to Franklin Pierce in double overtime before defeating Newberry, 2-1, and then Adelphi on penalty kicks in the regional final.
This is year 14 for Cohen leading the Owls, where he’s amassed more than 100 victories on the sideline and led more than 30 student- athletes to recognition on NE10 All-Conference teams.
Photo Credit: Palmer Piana