On The Pitch: Lady and Men’s Squads Start Strong

Gio DiFazio

 

The road to the top of the mountain isn’t nearly as bumpy as the road to remain at the pinnacle. Last fall, the SMCC Lady Seawolves Soccer team was able to capture the top spot in the Yankee Small College Conference, winning the conference tourney and earning a trip to the national tournament. Last year’s squad was able to keep offensive pressure on opponents, averaging just under three and a half goals on the season. Now, the pressure has come full circle and is placed on the shoulders of Coach Cyr and her squad with the hopes of repeating the most successful season in Southern Maine Community College Soccer history.

Currently the Lady Seawolves squad has taken to the pitch for three matches and have compiled a 2-1 record that includes a 13-0 win against the College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont, a 0-4 loss to the Lynx of NHTI and a 6-2 win against the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College.

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The season opener saw SMCC quickly picked up where they left off last year, putting a 13-0 beat down on the Fighting Saints. In the second minute of play, Emily Harris netted a goal against the division rival, setting the pace for the game and the rest of the season.

The Lady Seawolves got on the board early and suffocated CSJ defensively as the Lady Wolves did not allow a goal in 90 minutes of play, while only allowing one shot on goal. Seawolve Madelyn Wade was a key producer in last year’s championship effort, scoring four goals and quickly put herself on the YSCC radar scoring five goals in the contest against St. Joe’s. Madelyn was the highest scoring women’s player of the week in the YSCC and is a more deserving YSCC player of the week candidate than any other.

After drooping a hard fought loss to NHTI in Concord, the Lady Wolves rebounded with a 6-2 win over conference foe CMCC this past Sunday. Samantha Mason started the scoring for the Wolves at the 11:20 mark which CMCC responded to 17 minutes later knotting the score at one a piece which lasted through halftime and the majority of the second half.

 

At the 77th minute mark the scoring flood gates opened for the Wolves has three Lady Wolves found the back of the net five times. Hannah Fields scored at the 76:59 mark and then again at the 78:08 mark, Three-minutes and 21 seconds later Madelyn Wade ruffled the netting and repeated the effect less than two minutes later. Madison Wade capped off the scoring for the Lady Wolves at the 84:47 mark.

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Three time YSCC Coach of the Year, Brian Dougher and the Seawolves were able to keep their heads barely above the water last year, posting a 7-5-2 record with a win percentage a shade over .500. SMCC clenched onto a 5-1 conference record with dire hopes of a playoff berth. That berth never came, even after losing just one conference game, SMCC was right on the edge of entering the YSCC tourney.

With a renewed desire to make a playoff run, SMCC has handled their first two opponents with relative ease defeating The College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont by 2 goals (3-1), and Vermont Tech by a wide margin of 6-1.

In two games, SMCC has managed to outscore their opponents 9-2. Bronson Kieltyka is the top producer two games into the season with a team high two goal, coupled with an assist.

 

In this past Sunday games, the Seawolves hosted the Community College of Rhode Island and after 110 minutes of play walked off the field with a nil-nil tie. Kickoff is slated for 12 o’clock noon.

To date the Lady Wolves find themselves with a 2-1 record while the Men Wolves have posted a 2-0-1 record. The Men Seawolves take to the pitch on Thursday the 15th at Wainwright when they host Bowdoin College at 4:30. The men will hit the road for a game against University of Maine-Machias on the 17th and return home for a match against the Mustangs of Central Maine which is scheduled as a 4:30 game.

 

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The Lady Seawolves next two games are away as they travel to Rhode Island to play CCRI on the 14th and University of Maine-Machias on the 17th, returning home on the 21st to take to the pitch against CMCC scheduled as a 2:30 game.

 

 

 

 

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