The women's soccer team hosted CCBC-Essex (Dundalk, MD) on a sunny Saturday afternoon. In first half action, the game seemed to be very evenly matched as both teams had some scoring opportunities but neither could capitalize. It wasn't until 38 seconds remained in the half when Alyson Greenstein received a pass at the top of the 18 yard box and drilled a shot over Saints keeper Jordan Turzak to give them the 1-0 advantage going into halftime.
As the second half opened, play seemed similar to the first half as both teams would have some chances but neither could seem to find the back of the net. With 15 minutes remaining in the game with the Saints trailing 1-0, the scoring spree began. Greenstein would set up a direct kick for the Knights and push the ball directly overtop of the wall and into the back of the net giving the Knights a 2-0 lead. With 8:26 remaining, CCBC would find an open player on the back post for an easy finish giving them a 3-0 lead. Just 3 minutes later, the Saints would get on the board when freshman attacker Raven MaGrino was taken down in the box giving a penalty kick in which Magrino calmly stepped to the line and finished the shot taking the score to 3-1. The Saints would have a couple more chances in the final 3 minutes but just couldn't find the back of the net, making the final score 3-1.
"This was a good effort today, We opened up play against the 2012 National Champs, then we played a strong ECC who will fair very well this season, then we played CCBC Essex who always does well in Region XX," says head coach Jacob Hordych. "This was a challenging start and I think we improved each and every game. Most teams would have gotten then heads down, but we worked through it. I am excited to see where we will go from here".
The Saints are back in action on 9/8/16 as they travel to Point Park to take on the reserve squad for the Pioneers at Highmark Stadium.