Soccer ends season with loss

Extending their losing streak to three games, the women’s soccer team lost to La Salle 2-1 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex, ending the Colonials’ season. The loss deflated the Colonials’ hope of qualifying for the Atlantic 10 Championship.

It was the last game for seniors Shari Taylor and Molly Eckert.

“Molly and Shari are people who demand a lot, out of each other, themselves, and the team,” junior Amie Kern, the team’s goalkeeper, said. “There’s no real way to describe their impact on and off the field. But we can fill those shoes if everyone pitches in.”

The Explorers’ first goal came in the 9th minute, when junior Kristen Hextall knocked in a free kick by classmate Jenna Guagenti’s free kick. La Salle got off eight corner kicks and six shots in the first half, while the Colonials (9-10, 2-7 A-10) had no corner kicks and only one shot. The Explorers (9-9-1, 6-2-1 Atlantic 10) went into halftime with the 1-0 advantage.

In the 66th minute, sophomore Lauren Kelly curved the ball into the net to knot the score at one. It was Kelly’s first goal in 36 games.

In the 78th minute, the Explorers came close to taking the lead when a loose ball rolled into the Colonials’ box. Eckert knocked the ball out to preserve the tie.

The game ended five minutes into the second overtime, with Hextall scoring her second goal of the game off a pass from sophomore Dana Giordano.

“It’s tough because it’s the last game, and the last one ever for two seniors that everyone respects,” Kern said. “But that game was our season wrapped up in one game. We pushed through and came back and showed lots of heart and character. We played well and have a lot to be proud of.”

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