Injury plaqued team suffers first loss of season
By Nick Misiak
A late goal in regulation and another in double overtime were enough to hand the Womens Soccer Team their first loss of the season against Muskegon Community College on Oct. 12.
The Ocelots found themselves at a disadvantage entering the game with a short bench. Freshmen forward Cienna Rael-Whitsitt, keeper Kaitlyn Dangelmaier and sophomores Remy Houttekier and Jessica Parry were all sidelined due to injuries.
Head Coach Deepak Shivraman did not use that as an excuse, and believes that despite his shortened roster, his team should have come away with a victory.
“I felt that they outworked us and did all the little things that a team needs to do to win games” said Shivraman. “They were very physical and won most of the 50-50 balls and we didn’t respond with the composure and discipline that was required.”
Schoolcraft opened the scoring ten minutes into the game when Shae van Gassen scored her team leading seventh goal of the season to give the Ocelots an early 1-0 advantage.
Muskegon responded just before the fortieth minute with a goal of their own to knot the score at 1-1.
Just before the end of the first half, van Gassen connected with Tori Koontz who buried the ball into the back of the net to give the Ocelots a one goal advantage heading into halftime.
The injury bug continued to bite the Ocelots in the second half when freshman Kelly Schmidt was fouled and hit her head hard on the field. She left the game with a concussion.
A late Muskegon goal by Kaitlin Richardson with under three minutes to play in regulation forced the game into overtime.
The first overtime featured a mad scramble at the end, with Schoolcraft getting three shots off in the final 15 seconds before the end of the ten minute overtime however Muskegon was able to keep the ball out of the net, and the game advanced to a second overtime.
Just 1:18 into the second extra frame, Muskegon’s Alyssa Benedict ripped a shot past freshman keeper Aly Mann to secure the win for the Jayhawks.
Despite only having five shots on net all game, Muskegon was able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. Jayhawks goalkeeper Haley Twigg faced 18 shots on goal by the Ocelots and kept her team in the game,
The loss ends the Ocelots winning streak and brings their record to 8-1 overall (6-1 conference).
Ocelots sweep pair of weekend games
Schoolcraft swept a pair of home games the weekend of Oct. 4, defeating Delta 2-0 and Jackson 2-1.
On Saturday October 4 against Delta, freshman keeper Kaitlyn Dangelmaier recorded a shutout and sophomore Hannah Hasbrouck and freshman Emma McLaughlin esch had a goal for the Ocelots as they easily defeated the Pioneers for a second time this season.
Schoolcraft outshot Delta 23-3, with eight of their 23 shots hitting the net.
On Sunday Oct. 5, Taylor Breault scored two second half goals in just over two minutes to lead the Ocelots to a 2-1 victory over Jackson. Schoolcraft played the game without four of their players due to injury.
Jackson opened the scoring in the first half off of a penalty kick that freshman keeper Aly Mann was unable to stop.
Schoolcraft came out firing in the second half, and scored goals on back to back shots by Breault. Her second goal was a beauty, as Hasbrouck crossed the ball to the middle and Breault headed it into the back of the net to give the Ocelots a 2-1 advantage.
“I am so proud of our team because of the challenges that they faced and their response” said Shivraman, “We had significant injuries to at least four of our players and needed other team members to step up and push this team forward, and to make it even harder, the weather and field conditions didn’t suit our style of play. The teams we played this weekend are solid adversaries, and to pull both games for wins says a lot of our players and their commitment to excellence this season.”