By Stephen Hauser
With two double overtime ties in the last two games, the last thing the women’s soccer team wanted to do was go into extra time again.Instead the Colonels (2-4-2) pounded out four goals off 20 shots dominating Presbyterian College (1-6-1) at home, 4-0.
The Blue Hose only mustered up four shots all afternoon.
“We really needed that win especially when heading into college play next week,” Coach Lindsay Basalyga said. “We need to walk away each weekend with points if we wish to compete for the conference championship.”
Freshmen Nicole Donnelly set the tone early in the game that showed offense was ready to play. Donnelly scored her first goal of the game in the seventh minute, when she chipped the ball over the goalies head off of the initial save.
“It was a really refreshing scoring, since I was having trouble putting the ball in the back of the net earlier in the season,” Donnelly said. “Hopefully for the rest of the season it will come easily for me.”
Freshmen Hillary Cooper added a reassurance goal in the 38th minute of the game, when she blasted the ball from 10 yards away from the net.
“It felt so good to score that goal and it’s exciting to score as a freshmen,” Cooper said.
This was only the second time of the season that the Colonels were heading into halftime with a lead.
“We needed that lead heading into halftime,” Basalyga said. “It was a great confidence booster for us.”
Senior Carly Muller crushed the smallest amount of hope in the Blue Hose’s hearts when she scored in the 51st minute of the game.
Donnelly finished the game exactly how started the game, with a goal from 14 yards away from goal.
“It was really exciting seeing the offense playing so well especially since we finally got it together,” Donnelly said.
The Colonel’s defense had another lights out performance by completing their second straight shutout.
Senior Goalie Stephanie Lynch earned her 19th career shutout on a relative easy day. Lynch only had two shots on goal, which she saved easily.
The Colonels have little turnaround time as they head north to face the University of Detroit Mercy Titans (3-2-3).
This will be the third team from the Horizon League that the Colonels will be facing this non-conference schedule.
The Colonels face a Titans team, whose only two loses come from the University of Michigan and Pepperdine University.
The Colonels are going to have their hands full facing the Titans. The Titans previously held the defending Mid-American Conference champion, Central Michigan University to a scoreless draw. Central Michigan University also defeated Purdue University in the first round off the NCAA Tournament last year.
“They are a good team,” Coach Basalyga said. “The challenge for us is going to be a mental challenge of refocusing into the next game.”
The Colonels are very optimistic that they offensive success from this game will carry over to the game against the Titans.
“I believe that the attitude of this game is going to carry over into our next one,” Donnelly said,
The Colonels face the Titans on Sunday at 1 p.m.