Tribe women’s soccer kicked off it’s 2021-2022 campaign with a decisive victory over the American University Eagles today.
Coming off of a tough 2020-2021 season, the green and gold were determined to come home with the win.
Early on, defenders Page Frantz and Riley Friesen anchored the backline, preventing the Eagles from registering a shot on goal until the middle of the first half.
The Tribe’s offense was also in high gear. Much of the early opportunities flowed through midfielders Kayleigh Shackford and Kenna Zier who were setting themselves and other players up for opportunities on goal.
Zier, the sophomore from Bethesda, Maryland, registered the Tribe’s first shot on target.
Also leading the attack was midfielder Hannah Potter who spearheaded a series of threatening plays.
A great look on goal from Shackford in the 22nd minute was promising but went just wide of the far post. Shackford’s offensive prowess shone throughout the game. A penalty kick drawn by Ginny Delacruz in the 29th minute was converted by Shackford to put her team up 1-0 over the Eagles.
Midfielder Jillian O’Toole was also in control of the midfield, winning tackles in the center circle and distributing the ball to fellow attackers.
The Tribe was looking towards halftime with a lead over the Eagles, but forward Fisato Iluyomade did not make it easy with a threatening shot in goal that went just wide of the post, preserving W&Ms lead.
Searching for another goal on the board before the hour mark, forward Caroline Monahan started a great sequence for the Tribe but the green and gold were unable to convert.
A goal from American forward Alysa Vazquez in the 76th minute gave AU the equalizer it had been looking for.
However, AU was unable to capitalize on its momentum. A goal from Monahan in the 78th minute put the Tribe back on top, sealing their victory over the Eagles.
Next up: the Tribe will take on Virginia Tech on Sunday, August 22nd in Blacksburg.
Let’s go Tribe!
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