Lady Ocelots continue shutout
BY NATALIE SHIRVANIAN
Although Schoolcraft’s women’s soccer team dropped five spots on the regular season National Junior College Athletic Association, the lady Ocelots continued on their winning streak. Schoolcraft defeated Lake Michigan College on Sept. 12 in a second matchup this season, 4-0.
“We acted like we never played them before, we really just came out there like a 0-0 game every half,” said sophomore goalkeeper Katie Dangelmaier about heading into the second match against Lake Michigan this season.
The Ocelots did not wait long to put numbers on the board when freshmen forward Katie Vitella scored on the Red Hawks at 6:12 minutes, assisted by freshmen forward Samantha Alatto. According to Dangelmaier Lake Michigan had an advantage by knowing how the Ocelots play, “that’s why we only got one in.” Schoolcraft, however continued to play a strong defense against the Red Hawks, not allowing any goals past the net.
In the second half, the ladies put an offensive show on the field as they communicated with one another, scoring three goals to the end. Freshmen midfield Emily Bondy did not hesitate in the start of the half when she sank the ball in Lake Michigan’s net at 48:10 minutes, 2-0. Only two minutes behind Bondy’s goal at 48:51 minutes, Vitella was assisted by sophomore defender Lacey Chanady off of a corner kick, scoring her second in the game, the Ocelots lead 3-0.
Sophomore defender Cynthia Konan scored the last goal early in the second half at 51:47 minutes, behind Vitella’s third goal, bringing the Ocelot’s lead to 4-0. “We had to put an extra effort in the beginning of the game and the base of the game,” Konan said about the second matchup against Lake Michigan, also adding, “We had to adjust to the way the goalie was punting the ball, [and] it was really high and strong, so we had to stay deep and make sure we talk to each other.”
Schoolcraft continued to play the tough defense they have played thus far, not allowing any goals past them all season. Before their match against Lake Michigan, the Ocelots had a week off. “The energy was a lot higher,” Dangelmaier said about having the week off, also adding, “Since we had that week off, we put in the hard work in practice, and it pays off.”
As the Ocelots remain focused heading deeper into the season and closer to the national championship game, they hunt their opponent’s one game at a time. “The games that we play, we just put it behind us, and we focus on the next game,” Alatto said about the team’s mentality about moving forward in the season.
The Ocelots will face heavy competition throughout the month of October as they face anticipated matches against Owens Community College on Oct. 9, Muskegon College on Oct. 11 and Ancilla Community College on Oct. 16. With the continued strategies in play for offense and defense, the Ocelot’s energy boost their confidence to take victory and reign in the conference and region. For more information about schedules, rosters and stats visit http://www.MCCAA.org.