Soccer: Tribe women split, men lose to George Washington during first homestand
Written by Nick Cipolla|
August 29, 2016
Martin Family Stadium saw its first action of 2016-17 over the weekend as both the men and women of William and Mary opened their home slates. The women, reigning Colonial Athletic Association champions, split the weekend, falling to Maryland 3-2 Thursday before defeating DePaul 2-1 Sunday. Meanwhile, the men dropped their opener to George Washington 2-1 Friday night.
Thursday’s match against Maryland (1-1-1) started strong for the Tribe (1-1) as redshirt freshman forward Sarah Segan scored her second goal of the season in the second minute. However, inexperience in the net proved devastating for the College as Terrapin striker Jarena Harmon took the ball from redshirt junior goalkeeper Grace Smith and fired into the empty net in the sixth minute for the equalizer. Several minutes later, Smith struggled with clearing the ball from the box, allowing Harmon to deflect it and score to put the visitors up 2-0.
Inexperience in the net proved devastating for the College as Terrapin striker Jarena Harmon took the ball from redshirt junior goalkeeper Grace Smith and fired into the empty net in the sixth minute for the equalizer. Several minutes later, Smith struggled with clearing the ball from the box, allowing Harmon to deflect it and score to put the visitors up 2-0.
Midway through the half, the Tribe found the back of the net by way of senior forward Kady Kriner to tie 2-2 in the 26th minute. In the second half, the deciding goal came off the foot of Harmon once again, completing her hat trick as Smith and a defender collided while Harmon shot. The game ended 3-2 as the Tribe, who held possession often and got several opportunities from the corner, couldn’t capitalize and redeem itself from blunders in the net. The College outshot the Terrapins 7-3 on frame, but Smith was unable to save the three shots.
The College’s women flipped the script Sunday afternoon when they defeated the DePaul Blue Demons 2-1. Smith tallied five saves with one goal allowed in her third start of the season. The first half was crucial as all three goals were scored in the first 45 minutes. Senior midfielder Haley Kavanaugh struck first in the 12th minute after obtaining possession from the DePaul backs and keeper and scored on the open net, in a parallel scene to Maryland’s first goal Thursday. The Blue Demons (0-2-1) scored their lone goal in the 18th minute, but junior midfielder Rachel Moore responded in the 27th minute with the game-winning second goal. Solid defense and a last-second save by Smith gave the Tribe its first home win of the season.
In its debut, the Tribe offense was relentless, outshooting George Washington 17-4 overall and 10-2 on frame.
The men’s squad (0-1) opened the season with a tight match against George Washington (1-0) Friday night, ultimately ending with a loss. The Tribe led for much of the game as junior forward William Eskay took possession off a turnover and fired in his first goal of the season in the fifth minute. The Colonials hit the equalizer in the 38th minute, followed by the game-winner in the 57th minute. In its debut, the Tribe offense was relentless, outshooting George Washington 17-4 overall and 10-2 on frame. Colonials keeper Thor Arne Hofs was a wall in the net, putting up eight saves with one goal allowed. Redshirt junior keeper Phil Breno made his debut for the Tribe after sitting out a year from transferring from Maryland-Baltimore County, but he was unable to grab any saves during the game.
The women head down to Norfolk this week to play Thursday at Old Dominion, while the men have a home game Monday night when they host No. 21 Coastal Carolina.