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Fall Season in Review: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

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Soccer Review

Matthew Othus

This past fall was a success for both the men and women’s soccer teams. Both teams gave it their all this fall and made it to the ODAC tournament. The women’s team managed to make it to the quarterfinals before falling to Shenandoah University in early November.  The men’s team reached the quarterfinals in their ODAC tournament as well before being pushed out by Lynchburg on the same day.

The women’s soccer team had an amazing year, going 10-7-2 overall with a great record of 8-3-1 in ODAC conference play. This includes an undefeated month of October.

The women’s team went into the quarterfinals on the heels of a 3 game winning streak. The lady Maroons started their winning streak with a win over Guilford and a score of 3-1. Two days later, they went on to play Hollins University at home and left with a 5-0 win.

Finally in the last regular season game of the year, the women’s team went on to beat Eastern Mennonite University 2-0 in a great contest.

Unfortunately in their quarterfinal game against Shenandoah, the lady Maroons were shut out by a score of 0-2. After a scoreless first half, the Hornets scored 2 goals within 3 minutes and held off the Maroons until the end of the game.

Five players on our women’s team were named to the All-ODAC soccer squads. Nathalie Torres ’16, earned the honor of being on the First Team All-ODAC squad. Ashley Barnes ’16, Kaitlyn Manning ’15 and Maya Kantor ’14 were named to the Second Team All-ODAC squad. Finally Carolyn Sarbacher ’15 was honored in the Third Team All-ODAC squad.

The men’s team had a good year as well, going 9-7-2 overall with a 5-4-2 record against opponents in the ODAC conference.

However, late October did not go as well for the men as it did for the women of Roanoke. Starting out very strong with a record of 9-1-1 overall, the men lost six of their last seven games with the 7th being a draw.

Of the six losses though, five were lost only by a 1 point deficit. Also, four of those five 1 point losses were finished in single or double overtime.

The men’s All ODAC conference teams have not been released yet.

Good luck to both soccer teams in their preparation for the next Fall season. Go Maroons!