The women's soccer team's streak of 8 unbeaten games fell this weekend and continued on monday when the Saints battled fellow Division I teams Monroe Community College and Owens Community College.
On Saturday, on the campus of Monroe Community College, the Saints saw why MCCis a nationally ranked and a favored team in the country when the Saints had no answers for the onslaught of goals MCC put forward. The Saints held their ground for the first twenty five minutes, but MCC would find the net 4 times in the first half on play. In the second half, the Saints would struggle with their confidence and frustration set in when the MCC Tribunes added another 7 goals in the second bringhing the final score to 11-0, and cracking the Saints streak.
On Monday, against previously ranked #9 in DI NJCAA soccer, Owens CC gave the Saints the second lose in a row. In first half action, the Saints looked to hold their own and had a few opportunities but couldn't capitalize. It was OCC that got on the board in the 34th minute by beating MNE keeper, Kym Braine, moments later that would add another making the score 2-0. The Saints kept working hard but just couldn't get on the board, moving the halftime score to 2-0. In the second half Owens came out quick and dropped another 2 goals in before the thirty minute mark, and would add one more in the final moments of the game making the final 5-0.
"These were two very good teams, top teams in the country. I feel that we are close to being at their level, but just aren't there at this point in the season yet. Against Owens, we showed some heart and worked through a lot of things on the pitch. I believe that by the end of the season, we can compete with teams like MCC and OCC", says Coach Hordych. The Saints will have a shot at redemption against MCC when they will travel to them in the Region III DI playoffs at the end of October.
The Saints are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to take on WNYAC opponent Jamestown-Olean, and then are back at home on Thursday when they host NCAA DII new comer Fairmont State of WV.