The Central women’s soccer team was shut out and dominated in their home opener 4-0 versus St. John’s on Friday evening.
The Blue Devils record dropped to 0-3 as St. John’s improved their record to 5-0. “It was disappointing to be honest. Obviously conceding four goals was a lot for us, but probably just as disappointing was not scoring. I thought we had plenty of opportunities and we just didn’t execute,” said Coach D’Arcy.
Rachel Daly put St. John’s on the scoreboard in the 17th minute when she beat her defender one on one. She took a shot from just outside the 18-yard line that went past Nikola Deiter and into the bottom right corner of the net. Daly struck again in the 28th minute to give St. John’s a 2-0 lead, this time inside the penalty box with her left foot. Deiter dove to her right, fingertips touching the ball, but not enough grab to prevent it from passing by her.
A miscommunication between Deiter and her defender in the 30th minute resulted in a wide open goal for Morgan Tinari, who buried a shot in the back of the net from 25 yards out to give St. John’s a 3-0 lead.
As the season progresses the Blue Devils will look to reduce the amount of critical mistakes that can cause goal scoring opportunities for their opponents. “We have a lot of new players on the team this year and we’re still kind of learning our way. Right now, I was pretty impressed with a lot of the things we did today. The score line doesn’t reflect a lot of the positives, it only accentuates the negatives and some of the silly goals we gave away,” said D’Arcy.
In the second half, Coach Mick D’Arcy chose to make a goalkeeper change and give freshmen Nikki Turley an opportunity to gain some experience. Coach D’Arcy was pleased with Turley’s performance. “Overall Nikki [Turley] played well for us. She gave up one goal that was a bit of a scramble. Maybe we were just a little bit disorganized. We had a player down, injured, and the game went on and usually it would stop when a player is injured,” he said.
Caitlyn McLaughlin capped the game headed into the 82nd minute to secure the victory and give the Red Storm a 4-0 lead.
Lack of ball control and errors proved costly to the Blue Devils. Central’s opportunities were few and far between. The Red Storm registered 12 shots on goal in comparison to Central’s six. The Blue Devils were given two free kicks in the second half, inches outside of the 18-yard line, as a result of fouls. One could have arguably been a penalty kick, but regardless, CCSU was unable to capitalize on the set pieces. “On that [foul] I didn’t see it. I was talking to one of the girls that was about to substitute and getting her ready to go in, but everyone else seemed to think it was [inside the penalty box],” said D’Arcy.
D’Arcy is pleased with freshmen Christiana Solomou’s progression as a forward as well as her ability to distribute the ball when playing midfield.
Freshmen Morgan Santoro has high expectations from her coach, despite not having her best game versus St. John’s. “Morgan wasn’t able to get her shots off today, D’Arcy said, “she’s better than what she showed today and I’m confident she’ll get better as she gets more comfortable with the team.”
On Sunday the Blue Devils traveled to Lehigh and were shut out for the third game in a row and fell to 0-4, but the team still has time to mold and develop chemistry before the NEC season starts.
Central’s next game will be in New Britain on Friday Sep. 13 at 7 p.m. versus Army.