The Mount St. Mary’s women’s soccer team kicked off Northeast Conference play this past Friday with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Fairleigh Dickinson. Despite the tough loss, The Lady Mountaineers fought hard against the reigning NEC champions from Teaneck, New Jersey.
Senior Sam Manson came close to scoring early in the game, but her attempt was saved at the vital moment. Manson said after the game, “We put up a good fight against them it just wasn’t our night. They’re one of the toughest teams in our conference and although it wasn’t the result we wanted, I think the game gave all of us, especially the freshmen, some good experience on how much more intense conference games can be”.
Manson went on to say, “What I’m looking forward to most this season is having the chance to finish my soccer career with the great group of girls that we have on our team this year. It’s bittersweet coming into this last round of conference games as a Mountaineer, but I’m so excited to fight for a chance at an NEC title with my team. All the girls are so talented and I couldn’t feel any more grateful to be a part of such a great group. Our senior class is going to do everything in our power to leave our mark on the school and make history for our program.”
Team Captain Rachel Bourne had a career high of 12 saves in the loss against the Knights of FDU and received high praise from her teammates. Manson noted, “That experience (playing a tough conference team) is going to play a big role on Sunday when we get to come back home and try to get some points on the weekend.” Manson was right, although the Mountaineers lost by a final of 2-1 to Saint Francis University this past Sunday. Senior Senior Emma Blair notched her third goal of the season in the loss.
Despite the two losses this weekend, the Lady Mountaineers are moving in the right direction and will next play at home on Friday. The Mountaineers will take on Central Connecticut State at Waldron Family Stadium at 4 PM.