By Nick Noverati
The DeSales Bulldogs will take on Wilkes University in the MAC Freedom Conference Championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at DeSales University.
This article was originally published in Issue 5, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (November 5, 2015). Click here to view the entire issue.
Saturday, Oct. 24 was another historic day for DeSales women’s soccer. The team’s 4-1 win against Wilkes University was dominated by junior Rachel Shive, who scored her fourth hat trick of the season and gave the team its seventh consecutive win.
With family and friends in the stands, which were decorated with pink balloons and ribbons in support of breast cancer awareness, the Bulldogs were ready from the whistle to play against Wilkes.
About five minutes into the game, the first goal was scored by Shive. Wilkes came back with a goal 23 minutes in, but their hopes of success were quickly trampled 13 minutes into the second half, when Shive gave DeSales another goal.
At 16:11 in the second half, Shive delivered the final goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-1. Notably strong performances also include the team’s defensive players and goalkeeper, Emily Hoats, who had three noteworthy saves.
On the final day of the regular season, DeSales played at Misericordia University, a game in which both teams entered 6-0 in the conference. Misericordia prevailed 3-1, giving DeSales the no. 2 seed in the conference playoffs. The team defeated no. 3 King’s College on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 3-1.
After no. 4 Wilkes upset no. 1 Misericordia in penalty kicks, the Bulldogs discovered that they would be hosting the Freedom Conference championship game. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m., women’s soccer will play Wilkes in a rematch from two weeks ago. If the team wins, it will advance to the NCAA tournament. All students are encouraged to come out and support the team.
“So far this season we’ve had a strong start… a couple of rocky games… but we pulled through and are nishing strong,” freshman Sydney Gandy said. “Overall, this has been a really great season. We work hard for every point that we score.”