Things are Looking Up in the Midst of Tigers Fall to The Christendom Crusaders
WASHINGTON, DC — Despite having more saves, the Tigers fell to the Christendom Crusaders on the cloudy evening of September 5th with a score of 7-1.
Here’s what happened: In the first three minutes of the first half, the Crusaders set the tone with freshman, Christine McLaughlin scoring her first goal of four.
The pace picked up on the pitch as they neared the end of the first quarter: Luring the Crusaders goalie out of her box, the Tigers got within striking distance, and freshman forward, Brittany Smith, scored her first goal of the season for the Tigers. The Crusaders quickly responded with another goal scored by McLaughlin within the next minute, breaking the short-lived tie between the two teams. This was followed by two more goals scored by the Crusaders. Goalie, Vanessa Ramirez, had five saves and was assisted by defenders Kylie Kemp, Andrea Golli, Abigail Castro Castillo, and Nikolay McKennis in holding the Crusaders to four goals in the first half.
The Tigers, while taking 5 shots, went scoreless in the second half. Goalie, Kiera Thomas, only allowed three goals in the second half, while she had four saves, closing the game out with a score of 7-1.
While the Tigers suffered a loss, they chose to focus on the positive. The ladies have already begun to rewrite history for Trinity Women’s soccer by scoring their first goal in two years.
“I’m excited! I had no idea that we were even on a streak of no goals,” freshman, forward, Smith humbly stated after receiving several “Good job, Brittany (s)!” from her fellow teammates after the game.
And with a long season ahead, Head Coach, Jason Gross, expects huge improvements from his very young team with over half of the women being freshmen. “This is the first year that we’ve had a recruiting class, so we came into this season with an understanding that we’re rebuilding. We understand that it’s going to be an uphill battle,” Coach Gross confidently states. Coach Gross looks to improve each player individually, many of whom have never played soccer in the collegiate circuit, with the goal of collectively becoming a better team.
With the Tigers taking on the Notre Dame of Maryland University on September 7, 2019, Coach Gross says that “offensively, we have to play to our strengths. When we play closer together, we are a better squad, so keeping possession is critical,” when asked what the key focus points are to secure a win.
Come out and support your Tigers as they take on Notre Dame of Maryland at the Trinity Soccer Field on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Can’t make it? The Tigers will also have another home game on Monday, September 9, 2019 against Central Penn College.