Women’s soccer (4-2-1) began the weekend with a dominant 3-0 win on the road against Albany (1-8), before returning home to beat Fairleigh Dickinson (3-5-1) and finish the weekend two games above .500.
The set of games started positively with a strong performance from senior defender Chelsea Ryan, who notched a hat trick to drub the Great Danes. Ryan drew first blood less than three minutes into the game on a penalty kick to put the Light Blue on the board.
Though the team only won the shot battle 15-14, it made the most of its corner kicks. Seniors Natalie Melo and Beverly Leon each provided an assist for Ryan. After halftime, Ryan notched another header from the corner off an assist from fellow senior defensive player Maya Marder.
After a rough start to the season for the defense, the Light Blue got back on track against Albany with its second shutout. Junior goalkeeper Grace Redmon stopped seven shots on goal, five of which came in the contest’s first 45 minutes.
The Lions carried that momentum into a matchup with Fairleigh Dickinson for their second home game of 2013. A scoreless first half saw both teams struggle to get shots on goal, ending with just three total for both teams.
It was a sloppy start for the Light Blue, with 10 fouls and four offside penalties keeping the offense from finding a rhythm. But the defense held firm and Melo found the back of the net with her second shot of the night to give the Light Blue a 1-0 lead 68 minutes into the contest.
Sophomore Elly McGuffog extended the lead with eight minutes left to play to help put the game out of reach, securing a second-straight shutout and the team’s first home win of the season.
Overall, the Lions finished their first five games away from Columbia Soccer Stadium 3-1-1, an impressive feat especially given the tough start. Surviving that stretch above .500 is promising, especially with the only three away games remaining against their foes in the Ivy League.
The Light Blue suits up again this Friday to play Cornell in Ithaca for the first match of Ivy play.