Last week, the women’s soccer team had three tough games. First, they traveled down to Riverside on Sept. 22, where they fought hard against UC Riverside and ended up in a 1-0 victory. The winning goal was shot by Samantha Jennings, redshirt junior, in double overtime. The women’s team can now add another win to their away game track record. Previously, the women’s team had not had much success when it came to games on the road.
On Sept. 24 the Dons set out to UC Irvine to play their last non-conference game of the season. Unfortunately, UC Irvine came out with two goals almost immediately. Junior Kristina Krehbiel commented that their energy was not where it should’ve been, and UC Irvine managed to net a third goal in the second half of the game. UC Irvine beat the Dons 3-0, leaving the Dons with a fourth game where they have been scoreless thus far. It is crucial for the Dons to work on playing at their potential, as this was reportedly a “beatable” team according to the players.
The Dons hosted their first conference game against Pepperdine last Friday at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons knew that this was going to be one of their toughest matches thus far, with Pepperdine only letting in 10 shots all season. The team prepared heavily for this fight and came out with confidence.
“We played great as a whole and our effort was off the charts, but we gave away a lucky goal for them and ended up losing 1-0,” said Krehbiel. The women’s team showed cohesion and energy. Even though the game ended in a loss, the coaches and players were impressed with the overall level of play. The Don’s played a formidable defense, and were able to keep the Pepperdine Waves at bay most of the game. However, the women’s team let one ball in. Pepperdine scored the winning goal that ended up costing the game for the Dons. Even though the Waves did sink one shot, the Dons had more shots on goal than their opponents.
Krehbiel also said, “The Pepperdine game was a good start to conference, even though we lost… hopefully we can keep that effort throughout conference.”
If the Dons can keep up the energy seen in the Pepperdine match, they should have a great season. The team is still working on improving their confidence, and hopefully, we will see more of that level of playing in the games to come.
On Oct. 1, the women’s team faced Loyola Marymount in an afternoon match at Negoesco Stadium. In the first half of the game, the Dons had a strong offense, with nine shots on goal. Unfortunately, none of these shots landed in the net. On the other side, the Loyola Marymount Lions scored a goal in the beginning of the first half, and another at the start of the second half from a corner kick. As the game was coming to a close, the Loyola Marymount Lions made another lucky shot on the Dons making the ultimate score 0-3. This score increases the team’s scoreless game count to five.
Looking ahead, the Dons will be hosting Gonzaga this coming Friday. According to Gonzaga’s statistics this season, they will be a difficult team to play against: Gonzaga has only lost one game out of 11 so far, against Eastern Washington. Nevertheless, the women’s team will surely put up a fight, and hopefully leave Negoesco Stadium with a W.