Women’s Soccer Rallies After Losing First Four


Fordham women’s soccer has won two of its last three games after a slow start. (Courtesy of Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

By Charlie Maisano

Fordham women’s soccer has won two of its last three games after a slow start. (Courtesy of Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

The Fordham women’s soccer team opened the 2018 season with a tough out of conference schedule, which was meant to test the young Rams. They entered last Sunday’s contest against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks winless, losers of four games in a row. With still four non A-10 games left before conference play begins on September 20th, the Rams buckled down and gutted out three solid games this past week.

The first game of the week was against the Mountain Hawks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Hawks entered the game with a .500 record (2-2) and looked to extend the Rams losing streak to five games. The Mountain Hawks may have had the momentum and backing of their home crowd, but it was the Rams who took control of the game. Sophomore Maura Holst got Fordham on the board with her first career collegiate goal in the 43rd minute. Lehigh tried to will its way back, but could not get the ball past junior goalie Kelly LaMorte, who finished the day with four saves. After 90 minutes, the whistle blew and the Rams officially won their first game of the season.

“We did not back down against Lehigh and we were tough physically on defending moments,” said head coach Jessica Clinton after the hard fought victory.
The Rams returned home the same night following their win and rung the bell. Their match against Yale on Thursday began a five-game home stand that spans from Sept. 6-Sept. 23.

“It’s nice to be home for a bit,” said Clinton. “With school just starting, we get to sleep in our own beds and keep a normal schedule. That gives us a great opportunity to recovery.”

To start the home stand, the Rams welcomed a new face to Jack Coffey Field: the Yale Bulldogs. The meeting between the two teams was the first time they played each other in program history. Due to a lightning delay, the game was put on hold for an hour before the Rams and Bulldogs finally got it going on the pitch. The delay was not long compared to the game action, as Fordham and Yale were at a stalemate all the way through double overtime. Both squads registered two shots on goal midway through the second half and another one wasn’t recorded until the second overtime. The last shot on goal came from Yale’s Ciara Ostrander in the 101st minute, which reached the back of the net to make it 1-0 Bulldogs. The goal was her second of the season and it was the game-winner, which dropped the Rams to 2-5 for the season.

With the weekend to recoup from the gut wrenching loss, the Rams began to prepare for a familiar foe, the Manhattan Jaspers. The Rams and Jaspers play each other every year in the Battle of the Bronx, a match that coach Clinton and the players look forward to.

“We love a good battle with Manhattan. I think every program at Fordham and Manhattan does. It’s a great storied rivalry, but it’s a game that anything can happen. It’s certainly one of those games that you play with a lot of pride. We are proud to be Fordham Rams and it’s a game that we really like to show it!”

The Rams came out and played with plenty of pride on Sunday as they took down the Jaspers, 2-0. Sophomore Emma Johnson netted her first career goal in the 44th minute, while senior Clara Gastaldi followed Johnson in the 46th minute with her first goal of the season. The team had a plethora of opportunities to score as they finished the day with 22 total shots and 11 corner kicks.

Now heading into a fresh week with a 2-5 record following a great team win, the Rams are getting set for the next opponent: the Marist Foxes. That game will be played on Sept. 14, in what will be their final tune up before A-10 play begins in a week. The Foxes may pose a threat to the Rams, but the women will most certainly be ready for the challenge ahead.