The competition the women’s soccer team has been slated against this season has been, in a word, underwhelming. Entering their game with Union College this past Saturday, Sept. 17, the Yellowjackets had shut out four of the five opponents they’d faced this season, only yielding one goal throughout that span to cross town rival Rochester Institute of Technology last week.
The women finally met their match on Saturday, as the Dutchwomen broke through the normally impenetrable UR defense to score two goals in the second half and defeat the visiting Yellowjackets, 2-1. The loss was the yellow and blue’s first of the season, while the Dutchwomen improved to 5-0.
The match was a battle from the start, as two of the top teams in the country (UR ranked No. 8, Union No. 15 at the start of the game) went back and forth without scoring a goal for a majority of the first half. UR sophomore Kathryn Rowe broke this streak, however, as she accepted a corner kick from teammate and sophomore Grace Van der Ven, aimed and kicked the ball into the right lower corner of the net. Rowe’s goal was her first of the season and put the Yellowjackets on top, 1-0.
UR junior goalie Bridget Lang subdued the Union offense for the next 25 minutes, refusing to let in a goal despite a number of potent shots on the part of the Dutchwomen — Union ended up outshooting UR by the game’s end by a tally of 13-7.
Midway through the second half, however, things tilted in the home team’s favor. Union’s Jennifer Mansfield got a pass by the UR defense, and teammate Whitney Bickford was there to knock it in. Four minutes later, Union’s Mollie Gilchrist headed in a corner kick to put the Dutchwomen up for good.
The women open University Athletic Association competition on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they travel to Waltham, Mass.to take on Brandeis University.
Bernstein is a member of the class of 2014.