Women’s soccer wins fourth straight
By Taylor Malmsheimer, The Dartmouth Staff
Published on Monday, September 24, 2012
Marina Moschitto ’14 scored the game-winning goal as the Dartmouth women’s soccer team opened Ivy League play with a win over Brown University, 2-1, at Burnham Field on Sunday. Like most games this season, the Big Green (6-2, 1-0 Ivy) came storming out of the gates and quickly gained momentum.
Moschitto said that the team was “psyched” for their first Ivy League game.
“Our team 100 percent has the mindset that we want to win the Ivy League,” Moschitto said.
Co-captain Aurelia Solomon ’13 said that Dartmouth had high hopes for its matchup against the Bears (6-2, 0-1 Ivy).
“In our first Ivy League game, we really wanted to make a statement to the rest of the league and come out with a win,” Solomon said. “It was important for us to get confidence for the rest of the Ivy League [schedule}.”
After only 13 minutes of play, Dartmouth just missed getting on the scoreboard. After receiving a well-placed cross from Jackie Friedman ’16, co-captain Emma Brush ’13 set up for a shot, only to have the Brown defense pounce. Corey Delaney ’16 and Moschitto also fired shots early in the half.
In the 17th minute, Dartmouth finally broke through the Bears defense for a goal. Chrissy Lozier ’14 scored in her third consecutive game after slipping the ball past Brown goalkeeper Amber Bledsoe. Brush picked up the assist for the Big Green.
“We wanted to be the first team to score,” Moschitto said. “We want to be the team that every time we go into game, we want [the other team] worrying about how to defend Dartmouth.”
Dartmouth maintained momentum for the rest of the half and entered the locker room with a 1-0 lead. In the first minutes of the second half, the Bears showed a burst of energy, peppering Big Green goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders ’15 with several shots.
Dartmouth’s defense held strong, though, and three minutes into the half, Moschitto switched the momentum with a first-touch shot into the back of the net. Delaney picked up the assist for Dartmouth, her fourth of the year. Five minutes later, Brown responded to the Big Green’s offense with a goal by junior Emily Wingrove off a corner kick. With its lead down to one, Dartmouth held strong and picked up its defensive intensity.
Moschitto said that the team expects all of its Ivy League games to be close.
“We told ourselves, we still have the lead,” Moschitto said. “We assured our younger players that this is how the Ivy League goes – you have to fight until the last second, and whatever team is fighting harder until the end is going to win.”
A three-year starter for the Big Green, Solomon is the anchor of a Dartmouth defense that starts two freshmen and one sophomore, and behind her leadership, the defense held strong over the final 35 minutes.
“We just sort of brought it in and said everyone has their job to take care of on the field,” Solomon said. “We had the mentality that we were going to win this game.”
In the last 10 minutes of the game, the Big Green played a more defensive style than usual, keeping midfielder Kim Rose ’13 back further than she typically plays, according to Solomon.
“[After they scored], we maintained composure and were able to clear the ball,” Dartmouth coach Theresa Romagnolo said. “I think the most important thing was that we didn’t allow any more goals.”
The Big Green outshot Brown, 11-10, and Saunders recorded four saves. The win was an important one, especially against a strong competitor in the Ivy League.
“I think it speaks a lot to the character of our team, holding a win and playing so well, despite Brown playing so well,” Solomon said.
On Saturday, Dartmouth faces Princeton University, who also won its first Ivy League game of the year against Yale University in extra time. Moschitto said that Dartmouth will continue to focus on their attacking style of play in preparation for Princeton (4-3-1, 1-0 Ivy).
“We’re so excited for this game,” Moschitto said. “Princeton is always a huge game, so we’re fired up for it.”
Romagnolo was happy with the victory but said she understands that the Big Green cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
“It’s nice that we have a whole week [to prepare],” Romagnolo said. “For me, it’s about getting us better this week — becoming a little fitter, becoming sharper on defensive set pieces, getting our attack going a little more.”