Women’s soccer saw their 3-0 start to the season squandered with a tough 2-1 loss to the Columbia Lions on Aug. 31. The game-winning goal was scored for Columbia on a volley at the far post by midfielder Maddie Temares. Despite the loss, the Tigers have plenty to take away from this game, as they led the Lions in shots 21-10 and corner kicks 4-3.
The Tiger attack was once again led by Lauren Milliet ’19, who put up seven of the team’s shots. Her gritty determination and non-stop hustle are vital to the Tiger offense and defense – Milliet was constantly winning balls in the midfield and sending them to the attackers.
The Lions struck first with a volley off a free kick in the 16th minute. It was their second shot of the game, following a strong save 10 minutes earlier by Tiger goalie Jade Odom ’21.
Midfielder Lucia Costanza ’20 evened the score in the 42nd minute on a one-timer primarily assisted by forward Abby Hubbard ’22, the first assist of her career. Midfielder Rae Conlon ’19 was credited with the secondary assist, her first of the season. It was also Costanza’s first goal of her Colorado College career.
Throughout the game, the Tigers bombarded Lion goalie Sophie Whitehouse with 21 shots, putting up 12 in the first half and nine in the second. The second team All-Ivy league keeper held strong other than her one mishap, stopping every Tiger attempt that was on target.
The Lions scored what came to be the game-winning goal in the 66th minute, scored by Temares on the Lions’ eighth shot of the game. Odom stood little chance against the shot that came from only a few feet away from the goal line.
Despite allowing two goals, Odom had a solid performance. She’s been reliable, and her two goals allowed against Columbia are the only goals she has allowed since the first game of the season. She had an incredible diving save in the 84th minute that kept the Tigers in the game. Look for her to bounce back this coming weekend on the road against Texas A&M and Lamar University.
Milliet had a chance to tie the game up with a 1-on-1 with the goalie in the 87th minute, but she was unable to corral the tough rebound and her attempt sailed high.
The next games for the Tigers come against No. 5 Texas A&M on Sept. 7 and Lamar University on Sept. 9, both on the road. The A&M Aggies are coming off a 4-0 domination of No. 9 Santa Clara University, and they mark a tall task for the Tigers. But if the Tigers are able to play the way they did in the first few games of the season, they’ll be able to match up against almost any opponent.
Lamar hasn’t been as successful this season, sporting a 3-3 record and is coming off a 3-0 loss to Louisiana State University.
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