The Bryant & Stratton College women's soccer team opened their season in style, topping Cazenovia College (NCAA DIII) 2-0 on Friday, September 2.
The season-opening contest was the first of two back-to-back games against NCAA DIII programs for the Bobcats. The 2-0 win came on the heels of two goals from Kai Jacobs (Sr., Antigua & Barbuda). BSC controlled possession early and dictated the pace of the game with a great deal of aggressive play. Both of Jacobs goals came from distance thanks to the strong build-up play from the Bobcats.
Trailing 2-0 at the half, Cazenovia was unable to mount a comeback as the Bobcats closed out a strong defensive game thanks to a quartet of saves from Megan Hagadorn (Sr. Schoharie, NY) and steady play from the BSC back line.
Bryant & Stratton College's second contest came on Saturday, September 3 against SUNY Poly, a game in which the Bobcats needed stout defense and even better goaltending to escape with a 0-0 draw.
Like their season opening contest, the Bobcats established control early in the match but Poly slowly came back into control. Unlike the previous evening, the Bobcats were unable to break through with a first half goal which led to a tense second half in which Poly turned up the pressure. Poly peppered Hagadorn with chances over the final 45 minutes.
Hagadorn was there to answer, turning away all 13 shots she faced and securing her second-straight clean sheet of the year.
"We have only been practicing for six days," head coach Alex Grigoritta said. "We knew we wouldn't have enough fitness yet and it would be challenging for us to keep high intensity for both games.
"These games were extremely important for us in order to see if the players understand our ideas and the system we are trying to play. The coaching staff learned a lot and we will make some adjustments that will make us stronger."
The Bobcats are back in action this week as they host their first home contest of the year against NJCAA power ASA College on Friday, September 9. The Bobcats will follow their home opener with a road match against Kings College on Sunday, September 11.