LIGHTNING CAN’T STOP WOMEN’S SOCCER
Despite a 30-minute lightning delay midway through the first half and a slick, rain-soaked field, the Mules (10-5, 7-1) kept rolling, posting a 1-0 win at Franklin & Marshall (3-14, 1-8) to complete a perfect season on the road in Centennial Conference play and clinch a berth in the CC playoffs.
Prior to the delay, the two squads played in torrential downpour. The game was then suspended for 30 minutes after lightning flashed with 22:08 remaining in the first half. When the teams returned the rain had cleared but the field remained slick.
“There’s always the possibility of something like that affecting the game, but we didn’t let it slow us down,” said freshman Maggie Neary. “Balls were sliding through on the ground, so we just tried to play them over the top.”
“We knew we just had to go strong against their defenders because they were playing tough,” said Dessimone. “I was just trying to shoot whenever I got a chance and hope to get it in.”
That mantra certainly was not lost on the rest of the Mules, who outshot the Diplomats 12-0 in the second half and 18-2 for the game.
The win not only gave the Mules a perfect 5-0 record on the road in the CC for the first time since 2001 and ensured a playoff berth, it also kept them tied for first place with two games – at home against Ursinus and Gettysburg next week – remaining in the season.
“It’s a great accomplishment being where we are, but we’re not letting it get to our head,” said Neary. “We want to keep that No. 1 spot.”
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