|Nikki Callini leaves the defense in the dust enroute to 3 goals.|
Women's Soccer Knocking on National Ranking Door
(Holyoke, MA) Coming in to today's match, Holyoke knew they had their hands full with SUNY Dehli. The Bronco's beat beat the #1 NJCAA ranked team (Broome CC) yesterday 1-0. Riding the wave of momentum, the Bronco's pulled off a 2-2 halftime score against the home Cougars, but the second half was owned by HCC.
Freshman Nikki Callini (West Springfield, MA) was virtually unstoppable in the midfield today, racking up three goals and beating SUNY Dehli almost by herself. However, the Holyoke team sealed the win in a tremendous game over a tough Region 3 opponent, notching their name on the top ten ranking ballot for the upcoming week. The Cougars, who were nationally ranked entering the season (based on last years performance), are looking to break back into the top 10 ranking. With today's win, they have certainly put their name back onto the discussion table.
The always solid Kristina Mullin (Chicopee, MA) made a goal line clear, saving a potential goal for the Broncos. Her strong defensive play again only allowed single digit shots on goal and forced keeper Amanda Olson (Hadley, MA) to only make 7 saves. The unwavering midfield play of Devon Wolfenden (East Longmeadow, MA), battling on both ends of the field, aided the Cougar campaign. Tai Lopez (Springfield, MA), who scored the Cougar's 4th goal, reaped havoc on the Bronco's defense. She, along with Callini, led the offensive pressure resulting in 10 saves by the opposing goalkeeper. Assists on Callini's hat trick and Lopez's goal are credited to Lysangeli Zavala (Chicopee, MA), Tina Mullin, Jess Teodore (Southwick, MA), and Emily Langlois (Agawam, MA). Again, a true team win for the ladies as all positions on the field got into the offensive attack and defensive front categories.
The Cougars move to 7-3-0 overall and remain undefeated in four games in Region XXI Division III play. Their next matchup is with Bristol Community College on Saturday, October 5th at home. In honor of cancer awareness, the women's soccer team will host Bristol in their PINK OUT GAME. Fans and players alike are encouraged to show their support by wearing the color pink.