Women’s soccer stands at No. 4 in Mid-Atlantic poll

Junior Tara Crowley scored in the 44th minute to push Gettysburg past Swarthmore on Oct. 6. It was Crowley’s third goal of the season (Photo by David Sinclair).

By Becca Johnson, Sports Editor

Women’s soccer (9-3, 5-1 CC) continued their dominating season with victories over Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges.  The Bullets suffered a setback against No. 23 The College of New Jersey in overtime, but have maintained their regional ranking.

In spite of a season-high nine saves by First-year goalie Eliza Gray, The College of New Jersey slipped past Gettysburg 1-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 3.  The visitors scored at 91:26 off a header from Amy Van Dyk. Senior Lindsey Lyons and Junior Rachel West each recorded two shots for the Bullets.

Gettysburg rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Swarthmore on Oct. 6. The game was the eighth one-goal decision for the Bullets this year.

Prior to the game, Gettysburg, Swarthmore and Johns Hopkins were tied at the top of the conference standings.  The Bullets remain in a tie with the Blue Jays and the two will meet at Clark Field on Oct. 27.

Junior Tara Crowley scored the only goal of the game in the 44th minute when a pass from Lyons deflected off a defender. The goal was the third of the year for Crowley and her second game-winner.  Gray made four saves and earned her fourth shutout of the campaign. She leads the Centennial Conference with a .40 goals against average.
Swarthmore held the edge in corner kicks 9-7, but the Bullets led 11-9 in shots. Lyons, Sophomore Brigid Behan and Junior Tobi Goss each recorded two shots in the victory.

Gettysburg earned another key victory on Sept. 29, when the Blue and Orange knocked off No. 25 Haverford at Clark Field.  Gettysburg defeated the Fords 2-1 on goals by Sophomore Megan Castranova and Junior Ashley Miller.
Gray finished with five saves on the day and the Bullets led in corner kicks 6-3.  Haverford’s only goal was the first goal of the contest, coming in the 28th minute. Miller’s goal sailed over the head of the goalie  at 30.54. Castranova gave the Bullets the lead off a corner kick in the 50th minute.

For the second-straight week, the Bullets sit at No. 4 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Poll. Gettysburg trails Messiah, Misericordia and Johns Hopkins.  Gettysburg also received votes in the NSCAA’s national poll.

The Bullets hosted York (Pa.) yesterday, Wednesday Oct. 10, but results were unavailable at press time. Next up for the Orange and Blue is a trip to Bryn Mawr for a conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon.

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