By The Beacon Sports Staff
Since the last publication of the Beacon, the SMCC soccer teams have compiled an impressive record combining for a 7-0-1 record. The Lady SeaWolves sit atop the Yankee Small College Conference, standing with a 4-0 record. They are followed by New Hampshire Technical Institute, who sport a 3-0 record. The University of Maine-Machias sits in third place with a 2-1 record. The Mustangs of Central Maine Community College occupy the fourth spot with a 4-3 record.
On the men’s side of the pitch, the men SeaWolves have strung together a 3-0-1 record since the last Beacon meeting: Central Maine Community College 2-1, Paul Smith’s College 1-0 tying NH Technical Institute 1-1 and defeating Hampshire College 3-1.
The men currently sit percentage points behind NHTI who stands atop the leaderboard with a 3-0-1. The SMCC squad holds second place with a 3-0-2 record as CMCC sits in the third spot with a 5-2 record followed by Paul Smith’s College who sport a 2-3 record.
Over the past 14 days, the Lady SeaWolves have defeated CMCC 6-2, Paul Smith’s 4-0, and Hampshire College 4-0. The highly anticipated match-up of undefeated powerhouses NHTI and SMCC which was scheduled for the 18th was postponed due to the field being unplayable; it will be rescheduled.
This past Saturday, the Lady Wolves traveled to Amherst, MA, to take on the Black Sheep of Hampshire College for a YSCC match. The Lady Wolves would not find the back of the net until the second half, when Callie O’Brien turned the corner on a defender, getting an advantage and overpowering the Hampshire goaltender for the first goal of the match at the 54-minute mark.
The Wolves would turn the big board over when Ryleigh Lord netted a crossing pass from Katelin Bennett three minutes later. SMCC would get their third and fourth goals of the game at the 60 and 75-minute mark on goals from Jessica Haskell (10th goal of the season), and O’Brien who has scored in all of the SeaWolves games. O’Brien has accumulated 27 points this season so far and leads the YSCC.
SMCC goaltender Dana Sirios came up huge in the first half when she turned away a Hampshire College penalty kick. Sirios also stopped three shots from finding the back of the net to help SMCC record its fourth clean slate of the season.
“We made some key adjustments at the half to help us regain our composure on the ball and build from the back. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish — and that’s how this team has been successful home and away,” said SMCC Head Coach Ethan Wells after
After starting the season with 1-2-1, the Men SeaWolves started to turn their season around with a hard-fought win against conference rival CMCC on the 12th.
The first 77-minutes of the match would remain scoreless until SMCC’s Hanssen Casey was able to get control of a loose ball in front of the Mustang’s goal, ruffling the side netting for SMCC’s first goal.
Two minutes later, Syohga Cusumano sent home a header to double the lead to 2-nil.
CMCC’s would make the contest interesting when Kenneth Ball scored with four minutes remaining in regulation. Regardless, The SeaWolves would withstand any and all of the rallies that the Mustangs could muster.
SeaWolve first-year goaltender Camden Lebreque made seven saves to improve his save percentage to .862.
In a post-game interview, Head Coach Brian Dougher reflected, “Every conference win is big, but this one put us back on track. Our defense hung tough and we were patient in the attack. Hats off to a talented CM squad.”
The Wolves return to Wainwright field on the 29th to take on the Community College of Rhode Island with the ladies starting at 1 and the men following at 3.