NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida women's soccer team was able to cap off a resurgent 2017 season with a 1-0 win over the visiting Pine Manor Gators on a cold and rainy Thursday night on Alumni Field. The Mustangs finish the season with a 8-9 overall record and a 3-8 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.
A wet and fast Alumni Field led to a number of slips and falls to start the game as both teams struggled to get their footing early. Playing with a man down, the Gators defense struggled to stop the Ida attack early on, forcing the Pine Manor keeper Serena Goncalves (Lakeland, Fla.) into early action. Rachel Lambert (Lebanon, Conn.) and Michelle Cicalese (Mount Olive, N.J.) had two terrific looks at the net at the end of the first half, but Goncalves was able to make the save and the teams went into the half tied at one apiece.
The Mustangs came out in the second half and continued to put the pressure on the backline of the Gators. Three straight corners by the Mustangs were unable to find the back of the net, which the Gators used for momentum when they took their only shot of the game on Mustangs keeper AnnaMarie Seiler (Biddeford, Maine) in the 60th minute. A shot from Shannon Kelley (Bellingham, Mass.) rang off the post as the Mustangs continued to hound Goncalves.
Mount Ida was finally able to break through offensively when Lambert took a free kick from outside the box that struck the far post and fell directly at the feet of sophomore Riley Souillere (Leominster, Mass.), who was able to tap the ball across the line and into the back corner. The remainder of the game saw the Mustangs hold possession and take more shots on goal, but kept the Gators off the offensive and were able to come away with the 1-0 win.
The Mustangs dominated the offensive stats on the night holding a 32-1 advantage in shots, with Goncalves making 19 saves, while Seiler only needed to make one on the night. For the Mustangs, the 2017 season saw an increase in almost every offensive category and a much improved and tougher defense. Replacing seniors Hailey Serino (Northwood, N.H.), Rachel Lambert, Morgan Rzonca (Bristol, Conn.), Hannah Lilac (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.), and Heather Pollock (Middleton, Mass.) will be a tough task as they have been integral members of the team for four years, but many young Mustangs show tremendous potential.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu