Defense Leads the Way for SMCM Womens Soccer

Coming off of a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) semi-finals appearance in the 2017 season, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) women’s soccer team is looking to replicate their previous success. Last year SMCM finished the season as the number four seed in the CAC. They defeated University of Mary Washington 3-0 in the first round of the postseason tournament. They then played number one seed and undefeated Christopher Newport University and ultimately got eliminated. The competitiveness has certainly been there thus far for the Seahawks, having played within two goals of their opponent in every single match this year (as of Sept. 15). Although they dropped their first two games against Randolph-Macon College (Aug. 31) and McDaniel College (Sept. 2), SMCM went on to sweep their next three games.

The first of these three wins was when the Seahawks hosted Eastern Mennonite University on Sept. 5. Senior Captain Zoe Smedley scored the lone goal for the squad, but it was all they needed en route to a 1-0 victory. In total the Seahawks managed seventeen shots, with five on goal. They also took three corner kicks on the day. Sophomore keeper Ellie Marts was solid in net as well, posting three saves and the clean sheet, according to SMCM Athletics.

The Seahawk defense was strong once again in the matchup against Stevenson University (Sept. 8). Despite allowing Stevenson to tally thirteen total shots, seven shots on goal, and eight corner kicks, SMCM was still able to come away with a victory. This time it was senior captain Lauren Hall who notched her second career goal for the Seahawks in the 1-0 victory. Senior keeper Katie Flores was impressive in goal, finishing the game with seven saves and a clean sheet, according to SMCM Athletics.

On Sept. 9, Hood College traveled to St. Mary’s City in order to take on the Seahawks in a complete downpour. The rain started well before gametime and never really subsided the entire afternoon.The game was played on the turf field at the Jamie L. Roberts stadium complex due to the excessive rain. Despite these subpar conditions, the offense was in attack mode for SMCM. They exploded for eighteen total shots, with ten shots on goal. The first goal of the game came from sophomore Emmey German off of an assist by senior Emily Huey. This put the Seahawks ahead for good. As the defense yet again held the opponent from scoring. The second goal for SMCM was actually an own goal scored by Hood. The Seahawks would hold onto this 2-0 win, behind another strong performance by Marts. She finished with four saves and her second clean sheet of the season, according to SMCM Athletics.

The next game for the Seahawks will take place on Sept. 19 when they travel to the University of Lynchburg.

Head coach and SMCM alumni Peter Krech is now in his fifth season coaching the Seahawks. He is assisted by fellow alumni Nicholas Staufenberger and Fabrizio Donis. This year, the Seahawk squad is led by seniors Haley David, Katie Flores, Lauren Hall, Rachel Harris, Emily Huey, Jenna Pastel, Sam Saunders, and Zoe Smedley.

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