Ranked at No. 15 nationally, the women’s soccer team powered through miserable conditions in Westfield and came out on top, beating Westfield State 3-1.
Off to a quick start in just the fourth minute, senior Sasha Sunday ’19 scored her third goal of the season off a cross from teammate Julia Matson ’19. Minutes later, Matson pulled through with another key assist to rookie Lauren Mastandrea ’22 to raise the score 2-0. Mastandrea’s first career goal would also make her the 15th player on the team to score this season so far.
Nearing the end of the half, the Judges defended quite well, but, unfortunately, the Westfield Owls got on the board with a one-timer into the back of the net. However, in the 37th minute, Katie Hayes ’20 netted yet another goal for the judges from a cross that came from classmate Emma Spector ’20. Hayes leads the Judges for the most goals scored this season.
Throughout the entire game, the Judges controlled the pace and play. They had a 21-6 advantage of shots on net accompanied by an advantage of 6-3 for corner kicks. Helping them dominate the game were the goalies, Sierra Dana ’20, who had three saves in the first half, and Victoria Richardson ’20, with one.
Coach Dallamora was extremely impressed, as “the season is going phenomenally.” She is looking forward to their trip this weekend, as the Judges will travel to St. Louis to play Washington University on Friday and then off to Chicago to play University of Chicago on Sunday. The women’s soccer team will head into this weekend with an overall record of 11-2, placed fourth overall in the UAA.