On Wednesday, the Lady Bobcats traveled to SUNY Delhi. A beautiful, warm fall day created all the conditions for a perfect game of soccer. The game started at a quick pace, with our team controlling the game. The first attack was created by our team, but the ball did not hit the net when our player shot. The Lady Bobcats looked solid and organized on the field. In spite of this, the home team scored first due to a miscommunication in our defense. The goal fired off by SUNY Delhi created a spark in our girls’ eyes. They started playing more aggressively and much faster.

Our midfielders had full control of the game, and it showed on the scoreboard. Sophomore player, Kai Jacobs (Antigua & Barbuda, WI) dribbled past three defensive players and the goalkeeper to bring the ball to the net. After equalizing the game, our girls took their foot off the pedal again. Unfortunately, they missed a bunch of great opportunities. At the half time, the teams were tied 1:1.

The second half started similar to the first one; our team had a big advantage with ball possession and opportunities and this time Lady Luck was on their side. Freshman forward, Adela Racic (Utica, NY) scored twice, assisted by Kai Jacobs (Antigua & Barbuda, WI) and Monique Surf (Queens, NY). With about 5 minutes before the end of the game, the home team tied the game at 3:3. The unexpected goal brought some extra motivation to the team. They kept their calm and created some outstanding plays. Our midfielders Nicolette Weir (Mount Vernon, NY), Monique Surf (Queens, NY), Monica Ferrufino (Brentwood, NY) and Kai Jacobs (Antigua & Barbuda, WI) exchanged some quality passes that confused the home team defense. Punctuating the end of this group effort was a goal made by Adela Racic (Utica, NY). The winning goal was scored one minute before the final whistle. Freshman Adela Racic scored the fifth goal of the game and her sixteenth of the season, assisted by Megan Drake (Gouverneur, NY), who marked her first assist in her college soccer career.

“This was an interesting game; the home team fought until the end. However, our talent, motivation and desire paid off.” said Coach Grigorita. The final score of 5:3 for the Lady Bobcats brought another victory and a national ranking. After much hard work, losses and victories our team is ranked # 13 in the USCAA National standings. This is the first time in Lady Bobcats history that our team has been nationally ranked in the USCAA. “This rank is the result of everyone’s hard work. It shows that our Women’s Soccer program is on the right path, and we are doing the right stuff. I hope it motivates us to continue to develop and grow. We want be on top, and we are ready to work even harder to achieve this goal” said coach Grigorita.

The next and last game of the regular season is on Saturday 10/18 against North Country CC at the home field.

Alex Grigorita
Women’s Soccer Coach