Women’s Soccer Offense Takes Backseat as Defense Shines
By Frank Costagliola
The Women’s Soccer team’s five game win streak came to an end Saturday afternoon, in a CUNYAC division game with Brooklyn College that ended in a tie.
The Dolphins have been playing their best soccer as of late and have already clinched a spot in the CUNYAC postseason, dominating their opponents with their high powered offense.
Their offense has been led by Danielle Alexandrini, who is the team leader in two categories, with 12 goals and 29 points on the season. The team’s second best offensive player, Samantha Wysokowski, is also a big reason why the Dolphins have a terrific offense. She has 11 goals and 25 points.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand have been playing their worst soccer of the season. They were riding a four game losing streak coming into the game and were shutout in three of those four games.
Their struggles to score has been the story of their season and is the biggest reason why they are 3-9-1.
That said, this appeared to be an easy win for the Dolphins, which wasn’t the case. The team that has outscored their opponents 54 to 15 this season, didn’t show up.
The Dolphins were able to execute 18 shots shots on the Bulldogs, but were unable to connect. The girls struggled to find opportunities on the Bulldog’s goalie Rebecca Harmata, who played one of her best games of the season.
The Dolphins had only two high quality shots in the game. Danielle Smith had the first good attempt of the match in the first half, in an open goal shot opportunity, which was saved by the defender, Jasmine Fermin.
The Dolphins’ next best opportunity came when Samantha Wysokowski made a beautiful cross pass to the head of Kathryn Dowling. Unfortunately for Dowling, her shot was blocked by the goalie, quashing the last chance for the Dolphins to win.
The offense had many corner kick opportunities, which weren’t successful, either.
The Dolphins looked sluggish and their ball movement wasn’t fluid. Their poor offensive performance didn’t make them a threat, making it easy for the Bulldogs’ defense to contain them.
The only positives to come from this game was the Dolphins’ defense. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though. They have held their opponents to only 10.5 shot attempts per game and have only given up an average of 1.15 goals per game.
The Dolphins’ backbone is their goalie Kristy Colangelo. The senior goalie is one of the best in all of CUNYAC. She has only given up 10 goals in 13 games this season and recorded her seventh shutout of the season against the Bulldogs. Colangelo is also only one shutout shy of breaking Victoria Donegan’s single season shutout record.
Along with great play from the goalie, the girls’ defense played just as well. The Dolphins held the Bulldogs to only one shot in the first half, three in the second half and one in overtime. The girls are great at limiting their opponents to scoring the ball. They have given up only 136 shots total this season and have taken 313 shots.
With only three more games until the CUNYAC postseason the girls can’t afford to play to play this poorly. Although they have already clinched a spot in the postseason, it is important that they finish the season strong.
It is important because they will most likely face Lehman College sometime in the postseason. Lehman College has been the best team all season and has control over first place.
The last time the Dolphins played the Lighting, they were shut down. The girls only managed to score one goal and gave up a season high five goals.
The CUNYAC postseason tournament will be held on November 4 at Brooklyn College, where the Dolphins hope to punch their tickets to the CUNYAC championship, which takes place on November 7.