Women’s Soccer Prepares for Conference Play

Photo by Holly Lipka.

The women’s soccer team went 0-2-1 after participating in the Mount Saint Mary Tournament over the weekend and going up against Union (N.Y.) College on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Hawks head coach Colleen Bruley says the group has been working hard over the past few weeks, but needs to starts scoring more.

“We need to score goals,” Bruley said. “We’re learning every day and we’ve been working a lot on trying to create goal scoring opportunities. We scored a couple over the weekend, but we know we can score more.”

The Hawks showed signs of improvement over the weekend after storming back from a 2-0 deficit to finish in a 2-2 tie against Elmira College on Saturday.

After the Eagles scored two goals in a seven-minute span in the first half, the Hawks responded with a goal from third-year forward Danielle Grossi in the 57th minute and the equalizer goal from third-year forward Gabriella Cabello.

The game-tying goal came off an assist from third-year goalkeeper Katelyn Cordero after Cabello got a hold of a loose ball and dribbled it past the defense for a goal.

The Hawks look to rebound over the next couple of games as they expect first-year forward Danielle Michelini to return to the lineup from an ankle injury.

Bruley also reported that second-year defender Raven Blake has been out of the lineup with a sprained MCL and her return timetable is “day-to-day.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Hawks lost a 1-0 matchup due to a goal in the 89th minute by Dutchwomen first-year forward Linsey Giles. After the matchup against Union (N.Y.) College, New Paltz moves to 1-5-1 on the season

The Hawks will go up against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, Sept. 16 and will face Manhattanville College the following day before they begin State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play the following week.