Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By David McIntyre Contributor
The Kalamazoo College women’s soccer team saw an end to their three-game win streak on Soccer Celebration Day this past weekend. It came at the hands of St. Mary’s College, who put together some late game heroics and scored in the 88th minute.
“It’s always tough to lose a game that late, but we can’t dwell on the loss too long. It’s behind us now, we need to focus on the games ahead,” said senior Natalie Reszka.
This loss came just after three consecutive victories against Alma, Trine and Olivet. This streak was highlighted by a signature victory over Alma who was ranked 24th in the nation at the time of the game. The Hornet’s record is 6-4, the same record they posted through ten games a year ago, which ended with a loss in the semifinals at the MIAA Tournament.
Similarly to last year, Jackie Short’s name frequently appears on the score sheet. Short’s total ten points (seven goals, three helpers) puts her atop the leader board in points per game in the MIAA. If you take one look at her profile on Kalamazoo College’s website, you’ll realize it’s just another day at the office for her. Her 18 goals in the MIAA last season were second most in the league and helped her earn a spot on the MIAA First Team.
A refreshing new face on the field is freshman goalkeeper, Lucy Mailing. Her solid performances leaves her team with an opportunity to the win the game. For a goalie—a freshman, no less—you can’t ask for much more.
“She plays with a lot of confidence. Although she may be a freshman, she doesn’t play like it,” said Reszka.
C.J. McCarthy and Maya Smolcic have also posted impressive point totals (14 and 9 points respectively) thus far. The Hornets will need all the help they can get from each other as they continue their conference schedule. Their 4-3 conference record, good enough for fifth in the conference, has them playing catch up with nine games remaining.
The next game is Saturday, October 6th at noon. The Hornets will travel to Calvin, hoping to get back on the right track.