For the third straight season, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) women’s soccer team has advanced to the semi-finals of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament. This year, the Seahawks finished the regular season ranked as the number six seed, which meant that they had to travel to take on number three seeded York College on Oct. 27. This hard fought game was played in both light rain and cold temperatures, making the playing conditions subpar. Nevertheless, the Seahawks posted a strong defensive first half as they held York to no goals and just four shots on goal. However their offense was not able to get anything across either and the two squads headed into halftime tied 0-0, according to SMCM Athletics.
The score would remain tied in the second half until the sixty-second minute when senior captain Zoe Smedley scored off of an assist by sophomore Alex Moody. It was Smedley’s second goal of the season and ended up being all that SMCM needed to secure the win. Senior keeper Katie Flores ended the day with six saves and three of them came in clutch moments towards the end of the match. It ended up being her fourth clean sheet of the year. The Seahawks ended the day with ten total shots, five shots on goal, and three corner kicks, while York had fifteen shots, six shots on goal, and six corner kicks, according to SMCM Athletics.
This was the second time in just over a week that SMCM took down York, as they also beat them 2-1 on Oct. 17. In this game senior Haley David scored her first career goal and senior Jenna Pastel notched her second goal of the season. Flores also made an impressive ten saves on the day as York ripped of twenty-eight total shots, with eleven on net, according to SMCM Athletics.
The next step for SMCM is to take on number two seeded Mary Washington University on Oct. 31 in the CAC tournament semi finals. The winner of this match up will play either Salisbury University or Christopher Newport University in the CAC championship game.
The last time the Seahawks faced Mary Washington they lost 4-0, but it was also just their second conference game of the year. Since then they have tied Frostburg in double overtime, beaten York twice, and lost a very close 1-0 game to Salisbury. Needless to say they are a much improved team and will look to build off of this recent success for the rest of the playoffs.
On the year so far, Moody is currently leading the team in goals, points, and shots. So far she has notched five goals, twelve total points, and twenty-two shots. Sophomore Emmey German is close behind in goals with three and she has also tallied seven points on the year. Additionally, Pastel is the team leader in assists with three. In goal Flores has posted five wins, four shutouts, 100 saves, and a goals against average of 1.71.