By Kaie Quigley – Co-Editor-In-Chief/Digital Sports Editor
The women’s soccer team won convincingly in a 9-0 shutout of the Rivier Raiders Wednesday night. This win extends the Lasers’ win streak to five games, and they remain unbeaten in conference play.
The home team was aggressive in the opening minutes, pressing Rivier in the midfield whenever they got possession, and creating lots of turnovers that then turned into scoring opportunities. It didn’t take long for their aggressiveness to pay off, as the Lasers found their first goal just minutes into the game when fellow first-years Priscilla Martinelli and Alyssa DeOliviera connected across the box to put the Lasers up one.
“I think those two are just dynamic players,” said Coach Vito La Francesca about his first-year attackers. Lasell has seen an impact from several younger players thus far this season. “A lot of the younger players have been key contributors, even Michelina [D’Agostino] who comes off the bench is a good spark and adds a lot to the game.” La Francesca also praised defender Julia Vaillancourt.
After the first score, goals came in abundance for the Lasers. At the 30:39 mark, junior Alex Lorenzo blocked a clear, and proceeded to slide goal number two past first-year Rivier keeper Emily Mikelson.
The Lasers continued to pressure their opponents, leading to another goal later in the half from fifth-year Narissa Libby who cleaned up a chance in front of the net with 15:14 remaining in the first half. Just minutes later, sophomore Charlie Arellano put another past Mikelson off of a ball from first-year Michelina D’Agostino.
The scoring streak didn’t stop there for the Lasers, as junior Maria Henriquez found the back of the net with ten minutes left, then found D’Agostino five minutes later who scored to bring the score to 6-0 to end the first-half.
Just two minutes into the second-half, junior Bobbi O’Guin made a run down the wing past several Rivier defenders, dribbling her way into the opponent’s six-yard-box where she slotted a shot past Mikelson to make it a seven goal deficit for the Raiders.
The Laser’s eighth goal was scored by Martinelli off a pass from senior Serena Speight. Then, the final goal of the night was put in by DeOliveira off a ball across the box from O’Guin, making it 9-0, which remained the score until the final whistle was blown.
“I think we did a better job of finishing, as you can see,” said Coach Vito La Francesca after the game. “Overall, we stuck to our game plan; moved the ball, looked for the slot balls, found them, and finished our opportunities.”