|Kaley Donovan clears the ball out of the backfield.|
|Kristy Cominoli splits two defenders to start a Cougar attack.|
"We were unlucky not to get a tie."
(Holyoke, MA) The women's soccer squad faced off against Division I Region XXI opponent the Community College of Rhode Island today at O'Connell Field. The Cougars entered the game with a five game winning streak but the Lady Knights used a second half goal to snap the Cougars run of the region.
Halfway through the second half, the Knights struck on a well-served corner kick. Cougar captain Kristy Cominoli (Northfield, MA) made what appeared to be a goal-line save redirecting the Knight's shot, but the linesman waved his flag indicating the ball had completely crossed the goal line plane. Cominoli, usually an outside midfielder, found herself in the backfield as she stepped up in the absence of a Cougar starting defender out for the highly anticipated match-up. Keeper Amanda Olson (Hadley, MA) was solid again, recording 7 saves in the match. Olson surely would have seen more action, but Kristina Mullin (Chicopee, MA) and Kaley Donavan (West Springfield, MA) cleaned up the backfield with the help of Cominoli.
"We knew they were and always are a quality team. We had our chances; just got to finish," said coach Robbie Galazka. With 25 minutes remaining in the contest, Breanna Line (Ludlow, MA) dinged a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards out. The Cougars midfield threatened with dazzling runs through the middle but their shots were unable to find the back of the net. The loss was in no way a lack of effort on the Cougars part as they maintained their aggressive attack, played hard, and played together.
The ladies will bounce back from their first regional loss Saturday at Division I regional foe Dean College. They will then return to their home turf for a Sunday noontime out of region game against SUNY Delhi.