The women’s soccer team had a shaky start to the season, but their game on Sept. 23 against SUNY Maritime provided plenty of reason for optimism. The Valiants scored six goals in a road beat down of the Privateers. Maritime scored early in the game, but it was all Valiants after that.
Freshman mid fielder, Jess Roman, answered back with an amazing goal from about 30 yards out, her second goal of the season. Junior forwards Joanna Karp and Lauren Vallarelli each scored a goal in the first half, which gave the Valiants a 3-1 lead.
The Valiants didn’t stop in the second half of the game, as they scored three more goals. Freshman, Bri Altamuro enjoyed her rst goal at Manhattanville in the dominant win. Sophomore forwards, Samira Davis and Joanna Karp capped o the impressive o ensive exhibition for the Valiants with two late goals, nishing o the 6-1 victory.
For her distinguished performance in the game, Joanna Karp was named MAC Freedom Offensive player of the week. She led the Valiants with two goals in the game with an assist against Maritime.
On being named MAC Freedom Offensive Player of the Week, Karp had this to say, “It was an honor to receive this recognition, and hopefully I will continue to do well in conference.”
The Valiants offense was not the only impressive part of their decisive victory over SUNY Maritime. The defense was rock solid, only allow- ing one goal on two shots on net. The defense is anchored by junior, Dani Swidler and senior, Mackenzie Trainor, who provided an exceptional amount of experience and leadership for the Valiants.
The women’s soccer team was underestimated in the MAC Freedom coach’s poll, chosen to finish eighth in the conference. The team is doing everything in their power to prove them wrong.
“This game will de nitely help give us con dence going in to our next game against Lehman and prove that we are ready for conference play to start,” stated junior mid elder, Alex Gardner.
The Valiants looked impressive with their win against SUNY Maritime, as it’s a great time for them to hit their stride. Conference play began on Sept. 30.