100th career win for Garrett: Bullets earn sixth shutout in senior game
By Maddie Brown, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team salvaged a 1-0 victory against Muhlenberg College this past Saturday, October 22. This victory marked a critical win for the Bullets, boosting them to 3-3-1 in the Centennial Conference, moving them into fifth place. The win signaled Coach Matthew Garrett’s 100th career win with Gettysburg.
As the low final score indicates, this game was close. The first half gave a lot of opportunity to the Muhlenberg Mules, so there was no clear winner from the start.
Muhlenberg first-year defender Casarah Morales took the first shot on goal in the 17th minute of play from way outside the Gettysburg 18-yard box.
“We had heard that she was good,” stated Garrett, “so we tried to get a center forward on the opposite side. We pushed Bushey forward [to make more runs] and Julia Ramsey back.”
Five minutes later, Muhlenberg had a chance with a free kick 25 yards from the Bullets’ net, but the team failed to deliver. With one minute remaining in the half, Gettysburg sophomore Virginia Sanford caused—and took—a corner kick, which supplied a far, yet dangerous shot from junior defender Gillian Sencindiver. The Bullets finished the half with only one more shot attempt than the Mules (6-5).
The first five minutes of the second half brought the fun.
“The wind was also a factor; it was easier to gain territory in the second half,” said Garrett. Junior defender Jessica Cuttone ran the ball up the left side and crossed it in. Gettysburg gained momentum and retained possession to create dangerous opportunities on the Muhlenberg side of the field.
Sencindiver took a free kick from the far right of the box, which led to a cross by senior midfielder Julia Ramsey. On the cross, the ball was deflected, and, at 40:44, Bushey struck the ball with one touch into the bottom left corner. The ball hit the left post and dribbled in.
Though this would be the only goal scored in the game, many dangerous plays and shot attempts followed.
Immediately following Bushey’s goal, Esposito had a breakaway that ended in a saved shot. First year Marissa D’Alessandro also had an attempt on net while Ramsey and junior Krissy Bradley both took shots from 30 yards out.
With 26 minutes left, there was a dangerous play inside the Bullets’ goalie box by Muhlenberg sophomore forward Emily Jordan and first year Danni Steigerwald.
The game finished with Gettysburg earning 13 shots to Muhlenberg’s 7.
Saturday was the final home game of the season for the Bullets, so Clark Field said thank you and farewell to four seniors: Carly Cobbol, Hannah Theurer, Courtney Long, and Julia Ramsey.
Cobbol, of Brookfield, Connecticut, is a Health Sciences major at Gettysburg and has played outside back since her sophomore campaign. She plans to continue her medical education in a graduate program (nursing or Physician Assistant) after a few years acquiring experience in the field.
Theurer, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is an English major with a Writing minor. She serves as one of the team’s captains this season and starts at the outside midfield position. Over the course of her career, she has scored 10 goals and assisted 4.
Long, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, also studies Health Sciences and is primarily a defender, with experience in the center, as well as the outside. She has made the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll all of her 3 years and was also honored with the Coach’s Award as a junior. Long plans on continuing her education in a graduate program in dietetics within the next year.
Ramsey hails from Wayne, Pennsylvania and serves as the second team captain. She will graduate as an Organization and Management Studies major. Ramsey was named to both the First-Team All Centennial Conference and Second Team NSCAA All-Region following the 2015 season. After college, she plans on beginning a career in marketing, perhaps in combination with her vocal talent.