Women’s soccer team concludes 2019 season
With the conclusion of the women’s soccer season comes the end the team’s seven seniors’ collegiate careers: Sierra Dana, Katie Hayes, Amanda Fernbach, Kerin Miller, Victoria Richardson, Emma Specter and Zoe Ballas. The Judges ended with a season overall record of 11–7 and 2–5 in the University Athletic Association.
In an Oct. 27 email to the Justice, Miller complimented the team, calling the group a “perfect combination of hardwork and talent. We always fight until the final whistle blows and I think the character of the team is what has made us so successful this season.”
The Judges opened their season with a loss to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The game was a real upset, as the women lost by a score of 4–0. The Engineers scored three points in the first half and one in the second half in the game on their own home turf. These were with Richardson on goal; three of the ten attempted shots made in this game were made by Juliet Carreiro ’22. However, the team came back from this loss and won their next two games. They were both shutouts, with the first being against Bridgewater State University with a score of 3–0 and the second being against Johnson and Wales University with a score of 7–0.
The Judges’ victory over Johnson and Wales was remarkable. MaKenna Hunt ’22 scored the first point just over five minutes into the game. Carreiro scored the next two game points followed by one from Lauren Mastandrea ’22 to close out the first half. In the second half, Spector and Hunt scored points at 53:15 and 83:46, respectively. The game concluded with a point by Willa Molho ’21 at 86:58.
As of Sept. 21, the Judges had a 5–2 start to their season. The Judges suffered a loss against the Tufts University Jumbos on Sept. 17 with a score of 2–0. However, in a matchup against the Lasell College Lasers, the Judges returned to their winning ways. To round out September, the Judges beat Wellesley College 5–0 and Emmanuel College 1–0.
To kick off October, the Judges split their first two games. The Judges began their month with a victory against Lesley College, which was the fourth straight game in which the Judges did not allow the other team to score any points. The game concluded with a score of 2–0, with goals by Caroline Swan ’23 and Carreiro. However, the Judges lost to the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans in their homecoming game with the only point scored for the day going to their opponent. Their game against the Tartans was the Judges’ UAA opener.
For the Judges’ ninth win of the season, the team faced Case Western Reserve University. The Judges scored two points and the Spartans scored none. The points were scored by Carreiro in the 13th minute and three minutes later.
However, the Judges dropped the ball during their next two games. First, the team fell to the University of Chicago’s Maroons by a score of 1–2. This game against the Maroons was only the third game this season in which the Judges allowed the opponent team to score more than one point against them. Each team had six attempts at goal in the first half, but neither team was successful. The 35th minute of play was when the first game point was scored, as the Maroons’ Katie Jasminski scored her seventh goal of the season. After the Maroons scored one more point, Bakhiari scored a point, but Chicago held their lead. The Judges then lost to the Washington University in Saint Louis Bears by a score of 0–1.
The Judges broke from their slump in a match against the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors at the start of November. The Judges claimed the game’s two points, scored by Hayes in the first half and Carreiro in the second half, assisted by Hayes. The Judges then lost their next two games against the Emory University Eagles and the University of Rochester Yellowjackets, two UAA rivals, bringing the team’s record to 10–7 overall.
In rounding out the regular season, the Judges were victorious against the New York University Violets on the Judges’ Senior Day. They won by claiming the game’s only point, scored in the 62th minute of play by Bakhtiari. With that, the Judges ended their season with a 11–7 record. This is only slightly worse than the Judges’ 2018 season record of 12–5.
Looking ahead to the 2020 season, the Judges will have big shoes to fill after the seven seniors graduate. However, with plenty of talent in the underclassmen, the Judges will adapt and come into their next season fresh.