By Matthew Savino
On August 30, DeSales athletics kicked off their respective seasons on a high note, all notching opening day wins. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams picked up right where they left off last year with the men defeating Goucher College by a score of 2-1 on the road and the women dominating Alvernia University 5-1 at home. Freshman Allie Trick lead the way for the women with two goals in her first career game coming off the bench while junior Annie Brush, sophomore Vanessa Atie and freshman Sam Monteforte all scored in the game as well. Women’s soccer has been able to build off of their early season success gaining four wins in the six games they have played so far with wins against Alvernia University(5-1), Albright College (3-1), Immaculata University(3-2), and York College(3-2).
Men’s soccer, after their opening day win against Goucher College, saw a rough stretch in which they dropped their next three games. With back to back wins, a shutout against Gwynedd Mercy University 3-0 and a 4-1 routing against Bryn Athyn College in which seniors Keegan Coffield and Ian Patmore as well as freshman Anthony Contreras and Dimeji Oyinkolade all scored one goal each, they have managed to even their record at 3-3. Contreras is currently leading the team in goals with three on the season with fellow freshman Oyinkolade close behind with two.
The DeSales field hockey team shut out rival Moravian College 3-0 behind senior Katarina Polyviou’s stellar defense in the goal with five saves and freshman Tyra Wingle’s hat trick in her first collegiate game. Wingle built off of her impressive first game adding another two goals in a 4-1 win over Cedar Crest College. Field Hockey then experienced their first loss of the season to Muhlenberg College with a 2-0 shutout in enemy territory, but rebounded quickly with a 4-2 win over Arcadia University behind freshman Catie McGrath’s hat trick of her own. Despite the 3-1 start, things have slowed down for the field hockey team who have suffered three straight losses to The College of New Jersey(1-6), William Paterson University(1-2) and Kean University(0-3).
The DeSales University volleyball team is coming off their fifth straight season with 20-plus wins and they are hoping to extend that streak with another successful year. The competition took notice of the team considering that they were voted second in the MAC Freedom preseason polls by the eight MAC Freedom coaches. The volleyball team proved why they were the ones ranked towards the top by picking up a convincing win against Keystone College (3-0) on day one of the DeSales Invitational. The Bulldogs then went on to split day two with a loss against Stevenson University (0-3) and a win against Rutgers University-Camden (3-0) finishing the weekend with a 2-1 record. Junior Grace Merrit earned All-Tournament team honors with an impressive 35 kills and two aces over the course of the three games.
On the team’s trip to Connecticut, the women went on to split another series on day one of the Coast-Guard/Connecticut College Tournament defeating Brandeis University (3-1) and losing to host Connecticut University (0-3). Day two of the tournament turned out to be a rough one as the Bulldogs dropped games against the Coast Guard Academy (0-3) and Tufts University(0-3).However, the women were not discouraged as they took their frustration out against Moravian continuing their domination against the Greyhounds which is now their ninth win in the last ten meetings between the local rivals.