Positive results came from the Captains rivalry weekend at Captains Field
The Captains Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams played host to the University of Mary Washington Eagles this past weekend. With an early conference lead on the line for both sides, the Captains came out with two wins and a cumulative score of 5-0 on the night.
The Women’s Soccer team won the game 3-0 on their senior night. Two goals from #10 Madison Cochran and one goal from #20 Molly Beegle led the Captains to their victory.
Seniors #3 Carson Pokorny, #4 Shaye Doherty, #5 Keiley McCarthy, #17 Sidney Rife and #22 Haley Shaw all saw action in the senior night contest.
The team, being ranked third in the nation, were always expected to be the easy victors of the competition, but the Eagles didn’t let the Captains take the win without a fight.
A stand out performer for the Eagles was #88 Allison Nork in goal. With a total stat line of 12 saves on 34 shots faced from the Captains, Nork kept her team in the game for as long as possible.
The second game of the night featured a matchup against the #11 Eagles’ Men’s Soccer team.
With both teams tied for first place in the Capital Athletic Confernece (CAC), this game had a lot of weight riding on it for both sides.
The Captains and the Eagles had only one common matchup between the two teams. #6 Washington and Lee University had given the Eagles their only loss of the season coming into the night, but the Captains had played them earlier in the year resulting to a 1-1 draw.
This set the night up for an exciting game of soccer as both teams came into the game with something to prove.
The Captains won 2-0 on the back of a beautiful goal from #7 Justin Wilson and a somewhat questionable goal from #8 Ethan Larson.
The first goal of the game came as #9 Collin McMunn dribbled the ball forward into the Eagles territory drawing a defender to mark him. As he approached the 18 yard box he slotted a perfectly weighted through ball for Wilson to run onto and place into the back of the net.
The second goal for the Captains came off the head of Larson in a set-piece play.
After bouncing around in the box, the ball landed in the hands of goalkeeper for the Eagles #32 Kenny Kurtz. Almost immediately after collecting the ball Larson went up and headed the ball into the goal.The controversy comes as it appeared that Kurtz had the ball in his possesion when Larson made contact with it.
If Kurtz had possesion of the ball than Larson’s goal should have been disallowed as it would have been a foul against the Captains midfielder. In the end the goal didn’t matter as even if Larson does not score the Captains would still win the game by a score of 1-0. The Men’s Soccer team looks to leap into the national top 25 rankings after defeating the eleventh ranked team.
After the rivalry weekend festivities, both teams are first in the CAC, and Men’s Soccer takes sole ownership of the top position.
~Michael Innacelli, CNUTV Director & Sports Editor~