By The Beacon Sports Staff
SMCC’s women’s soccer team took Massasoit Community College’s Warriors to the cleaners on Saturday, October 6 with a dominating 6-1 victory at Wainwright Recreation Complex. This non-conference win was a great confidence boost after last week’s 2-1 loss against NHTI. The SeaWolves came out hot when sophomore Callie O’Brien scored off junior Jessica Haskell’s free kick at the 23rd minute mark. Massasoit came back quickly when Samantha Baston nailed a penalty kick to tie up the game in the first half.
Haskell came out in the second half scoring her 11th and 12th goals of the season back to back, followed by O’Brien with a free kick, giving the SeaWolves a staggering 4-1 lead. O’Brien landed a near-impossible shot from the corner at the 76:13 mark, earning her second hat trick of the season and senior Emily Harris had her moment of glory when she scored her fourth goal of the season on a penalty kick. O’Brien’s hat trick brought with it her 60th goal of her SMCC career, leaping over Hannah Fields record of 57.
Freshman goalkeeper Dana Sirois had eight saves, playing in the entire 90 minute match, helping push SMCC to 8-1-0. Massasoit falls to a 7-3-1 overall record. Our women’s team will be heading up to the University of Maine-Machias for a 1pm kickoff on Saturday, October 13th. On the 8th the Lady Wolves will travel to Quincy, MA, to take to the pitch against Quincy College in a non-conference match. The three-game road trip ends with the Wolves taking on the CMCC Mustangs on the 18th. Our Lady Wolves will be home again on Saturday the 20th against Unity for Senior Day game.
After the scheduled conference match with NHTI on September 18th was canceled, the SeaWolves were unfortunate weather wise to take on conference rivals NHTI in the rain. Neither team could pull ahead until NHTI’s Madison Parrott scored at the 73:59 mark. Callie O’Brien turned the goose egg over on the big board leveling the score at one a piece five-minutes later with her 57th goal of her career. NHTI’s Maura Hart scored at 88:13, giving last year’s conference champions the win.
On top of those two games, the Lady Wolves also shut out both Hampshire College and CCRI, the games ending at 4-0 and 2-0 respectively.
The Men SeaWolves have had a long few weeks, as a 0-4 shutout by the Massasoit Community College Warriors marks their third consecutive loss. While the home game on Saturday, October 6 was disappointing, Freshman goalkeeper Camden Labrecque had a staggering 12 saves during his 90 minutes of play. Labrecque’s performance couldn’t save the SeaWolves, as the Warrior’s Charlie Swann had a hat trick and Junior Pereira added one to that.
Saturday, September 29th’s game against the Community College of Rhode Island was equally discouraging, as the men Wolves suffered a 0-2 loss. On the other hand, Labreque had another great performance with seven saves over the full 90 minutes.
The SeaWolves played Bridgton Academy’s Wolverines back on Wednesday, September 26, results in the first loss that started this steak. Up until this point, SMCC hadn’t let a team score more than twice in a game, but Bridgton’s offense was just too much.
Ending at a 3-6 loss, the game had its highlights. Sophomore Yaroslav Philbrook score his second goal of the season, freshman Jonathan Mukwa scored his first goal with the SeaWolves, and sophomore Hansen Casey scored for the fourth time this season.
Again, Labrecque gave a great show with eight saves over the 90 minutes. Labrecque is really making a name for himself on the field after saving 76 goals for an incredible .809 save percentage this season.
After these three loses SMCC’s men’s team now has a record of 4-4-2 overall, and 3-0-2 in the conference. Hopefully, the Men SeaWolves will be able to pull out of this tailspin with their away game at Quincy College on Monday, October 8 and their game at University of Maine-Machias on Saturday, October 13.
Left: Jonathan Mukwa controls the ball with his chest.
Right: Syohga Cusumano looks to advance the ball upfield against NHTI.
Photos by Cassie Briana-Marceau