Fall sports sweep Juniata Eagles

Megan Meluskey

Sports Editor

As a member of the Goucher communnity, whether a student, faculty or loyal Gopher, you have probably noticed a tall bell standing outside of the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. It’s the tradition of Goucher College athletics for every team to ring the giant bell after a win. On Saturday, October 25, everyone on campus had opportunity to hear this bell not once, not twice, but three times. As the fall sports season begins to wrap up, the 25th brought a day filled with exciting victories all across the board. The morning kicked off with a home field hockey match against the Juniata Eagles on Beldon Field. Three seniors, Justine Ruhlin, Emily Gill and Erica Shellem, were honored just before an intense match up that went into double overtime. After two scoreless halves, followed by one scoreless overtime period a goal came in the second overtime from Emily Jewell ’18. The freshman found the back of the cage off a corner play set up by the team’s offense. Goalkeeper Demie Huffman recorded seven saves and was awarded Landmark Defensive Player of the Week after the win. With this win, the team became 9-6, making it their first winning season since 1995 and the first of head coach, Megan Williams. Williams, just in her third year at the helm of the program has brought the team from two back to back seasons of being 4-12 to this year’s 9-7. Meanwhile, the men’s soccer team was away at Juniata taking the field for their conference matchup. After an uneasy start and being down two goals at the half, the men battled back from the deficit and made a thrilling comeback, resulting in a 4-3 win for the Gophers. Goals came from Thomas Adair ’15, Nate Margolis ’15, Luis Gomes ‘16 and a “team” goal set up by Lashaw Salta’s ’15 corner kick while Nick Stolarz ’17 backed the defense up with five saves. By defeating Juniata, the men kept their conference playoff hopes alive as they looked to their final home game against Susquehanna on Saturday, November 1st, a 1-1 tie in double overtime. With both the win and the tie, the men have made their first ever Landmark post-season tournament. The last of the fall sports teams to capture a win over Juniata on the 25th was the women’s soccer team. While the team has faced a challenging Landmark campaign thus far, they came together for a road victory at Juniata. Like the field hockey team, the outcome of the game was determined in a double overtime thriller. As time ticked away at the second overtime period, a goal off of a Gaby Davis ’16 penalty kick saved the day and propelled the Gophers to a 1-0 victory. Head Coach Tati Korba commented on the outcome of this game and explained what it meant to the team. She stated, “We have had a tough season where not a lot of things have bounced our way. A team with less character would have quit weeks ago, and we are proud of the fight and mentality of this group. The Juniata game was a great result against a good team that we needed and deserved.” Every year at the NCAA meeting for all Goucher athletes, the Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, talks about the potential of Goucher athletics to begin bringing home more conference championships in the next five years than the amount won in the last ten years. A day like this one makes it clear how close our Goucher sports teams are coming to fulfilling Mr. Miller’s prediction. And on this day just like many days, it was definitely a “great day to be a Gopher.”


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