Blue Pride Recap 10/6/10
Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:10
Homecoming weekend received some dramatic excitement courtesy of the soccer team this past weekend. The Blue took on NEWMAC-rival Springfield and emerged with a 1-0 victory in double overtime. Lena Cardosa '14 scored the winning goal off of a tapped pass from Emily Wilson '14. Goalie Sarah Gray '12 came up big with five saves to prevent Springfield from capitalizing on their 7-2 advantage in shots in the first half. Gray finished the game with 10 saves and a shut out victory
Despite a second-half rally, the Blue were unable to come back and beat Springfield in their 4-2 loss this past Saturday. After falling to a 2-0 deficit at the half, the Blue came back strong, scoring 2 goals only 48 seconds apart. Sally Scudder '11 started the mini run, with Sarah Mohtes-Chan '11 following with a goal of her own. The two goals forced a Springfield timeout, but the Pride was able to hold off the late rally to secure the win.
Leah Clement '12 picked up the first cross country win of her career while leading the Blue to a third place finish at the 39th annual Pop Crowell Invitational. She took the top spot with a time of 18:47, beating out 271 competitors in the 5K race. The Blue finished with 119 points overall, ranking behind only Division II Southern New Hampshire and Salve Regina.
Solid play in both doubles and singles led to a victory for the Blue over Clark this past Saturday. Diana Granger '14 and Jacqueline Shen '11 teamed up to win at No. 1 doubles (8-3). Raji Nagalla '14 and Mika Asaba '14 also added a doubles win (8-5). The Blue also had 5 singles wins, with Erica Choo '14, Nathalie Herman '11, Kendall Tada '14, Diana Granger '14, and Elena Bowen '13 all defeating their Clark rivals.
The Blue started their season with a strong opener. The varsity eight had a second place finish out of a field of 19 at the 31st annual Textile River Regatta this past Sunday. Wellesley's time of 21:07 was enough to overcome a ten second penalty for missing a buoy and was enough to place them ahead of 17 boats, ranking behind only University of Vermont. The second and third varsity boats took 8th and 14th, respectively.