September 19, 2017
By: Erica Rose
It certainly was a successful weekend for DeSales University athletics.
Let’s start with the Women’s soccer team who bounced back in a big way after two straight losses. The Bulldogs defeated Alvernia University in a non-conference contest on Saturday, scoring 4 goals. As I said the win snaps a two game losing streak but the offense also ended their two game drought putting 4 goals on the board led by Sophomore Sophie Goad who netted two of them. Desales took the W, 4-2.
It was a sophomore as well who lifted the field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over William Patterson University. Christie Hansen knocked in the game winner on Saturday. It was the first time in four outings, that the Bulldogs were able to put more than one goal in. It was a good win for the team, as they suffered a double OT loss in their previous outing. Not to mention the “W” improves the Bulldogs to 4-1 on the young season, however their offense really needs to finish. The Bulldogs had a 15-6 advantage in shots against William Patterson, and a 17-2 advantage in corners. Yes that is impressive, but it also proves my point. They need to score. Defense has been the key in most of the victories, with 3 shutouts. But still a win is a win no matter how you get it. I’m just saying if they want to keep winning, they need to get on the board more.
Scoring has not been an issue for the Men’s Soccer team, however. The team is 5-1 on the young season. The latest 2-0 victory comes over Clarks Summit University. This too was a dominant outing, as the Bulldogs outshot the Defenders 18-1, with an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks. Defensively, the Bulldogs have a trustworthy keeper in Dan Sulzipio. And I’m sure he loves it when the defense makes it easy for him. On Saturday, they allowed just one shot, which earns Sulzipio the shutout. Moving him up in the record books to fourth place with 12 all time. It is also the third of the season. Desales will face rival Muhlenberg in the next outing.
Moving on to Women’s Cross Country. Senior Veronica Wheeler had an impressive showing, finishing in third place at the Kutztown Division II/III Challenge with a time of 22:45.2. Her team finished in 12th place out of 18 teams. Wheeler is off to another fast start, after a successful junior year, where she was the MAC Champion and Runner of the Year with a first place finish at the MAC CC Championships in Cross Country. She was also the MAC Champion in both the 3k and 5k at the MAC Indoor Championships for Track and Field.
And finally on the Men’s side, the cross country team finished in 10th place out of 19 teams, led by Junior Gabe Lamm, who crossed the finish line 26th overall.
Congrats to all of these teams and keep up the good work!