Womens soccer remains undeafeated; maintains division lead
By Nick Misiak
The month of September has been extremely successful for the Womens Soccer program. Not only has the team remained undefeated through six games, but over the last three they have outscored their opponents 11 to two. The Ocelot’s impressive victories came against Lake Michigan, Owens CC, and nationally ranked, Delta.
On Sept. 27, Schoolcraft played host to Owens CC in a non-conference game and shut out the Express, 2-0.
Sophomore Tiffany Gales opened the scoring for the Ocelots in the first half and an own goal late in the second half sealed the victory for Schoolcraft.
Twenty four hours later, the Ocelots traveled north to Delta to face the 20th ranked Pioneers. The Ocelots dominated the matchup, winning the contest 5-1.
Perry tallied another goal, her second of the weekend and teammate Remy Houttekier found the back of the net as well. Other goals were scored by freshmen Sara Mulcahy, Shae van Gassen and Lacey Chanady.
The game wasn’t without its share of injuries to the Ocelots. Houttekier left the game with an apparent ankle injury and was replaced by freshman Valeria Cossyleon. Shae van Gassen left the game as well after being struck in the head by the opposing goalkeeper, and was replaced by Maddie Cook.
Head Coach Deepak Shivraman was happy with the results of the weekend’s games and praised his strong defense and depth in his roster.
“I thought we had setbacks in both games with injuries and feel that our players didn’t lose focus and continued stellar play,” said Shivraman. “Both games featured spectacular goals and defending from our players. Jessica’s goal against Delta has to rank as one of the best goals I have seen.”
OCELOTS VICTORIOUS OVER LAKE MICHIGAN
The team traveled to Lake Michigan on Sept. 20, and despite mechanical issues with the team bus and two lengthy lightning delays, they managed to defeat the Red Hawks 4-1.
The Ocelots maintained control throughout the game.
Sophomore midfielder Cienna Rael-Whitsitt had the play of the game with an incredible upper 90 goal that whistled above the Red Hawks’ goalkeeper and barely making it underneath the crossbar.
“Players who stood out for me were Jessica [Perry], Cienna [Rael-Whitsitt] and Cynthia [Konan] on defense,” said Shivraman. “Jessica propelled our team with high energy and hard work, and Cienna’s goal has to be one of the best scored in the nation. It was a fantastic upper 90 laser type of shot.”
The now 17th ranked Schoolcraft Ocelots are on the road for the next two weeks, traveling to Muskegon on Oct. 11, Cincinnati State on Oct. 18 and to Owens CC on Oct. 19. The next home game for the Ocelots is their season finale against Lake Michigan on Oct. 25. If the team can keep their performance level high as the second half of the season progresses, that game could be the determining game for an undefeated regular season for Shivraman’s squad.