October 14, 2022 | SPORTS | By Michael Braithwaite

This article was originally written for the Oct. 7 edition of The Catalyst Newspaper. It has been updated for this week’s edition.

The Colorado College Division I Women’s Soccer team has played through a roller coaster of a season thus far. While the team got off to a 3-1 start in August, they were winless in September, and currently sit at a 5-4-4 record. However, over the past few weeks, the team has begun to get back to their winning ways as they head into the second half of the season.

“I feel like we’ve hit some lows, but we’ve learned from those,” said forward Shalom Prince ‘24. “We’re in a really good spot right now.”

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the team was up 3-1 on San Diego State University at halftime and looked to be in a great spot to play for a victory in the second half. However, the team lost steam, coming out of the intermission flat-footed, and allowing SDSU to score two goals in the second half. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

“I personally felt like going into the second half that we were going to win the game,” said goalkeeper Ally Wakeman ‘23. “We just quickly lost control.”

On Sunday, Oct. 2, just a few days after their frustrating tie against SDSU, the Tigers squared off against the University of New Mexico. Coming into the game, CC had not beaten UNM in over six years and there was a fair share of animosity towards the Lobos squad.

The Tigers ended up winning the game 3-0, snapping that dreaded losing streak over their hated rival. It was an all-around great game from CC, with Prince scoring her third goal of the year and Wakeman posting her second career clean sheet in net.

“We were up going into the half, [and] one thing we said was ‘let’s attack this lead, let’s get another,’” said Wakeman, discussing how the team’s approach to the game differed from their complacency against SDSU just days before. “That [victory] was almost like a ‘Go fuck you’ to New Mexico. It just felt really good as a team that all of us performed [well].”

Prince, a relative newcomer to the program who transferred to CC from the University of Oklahoma this summer, took a more straightforward approach to the game against UNM.

“We went into the game knowing that, like, despite all the stats right now, we’re a good team and we’re capable of doing a lot,” said Prince. “We didn’t really focus on the opponent that much but focused on the idea that we can go out there and show them what we have and continue to build off that to get a 3-0 victory.”

While the team is trying to keep the recent positive momentum going into their upcoming schedule, they are also having to learn the intricacies of a new coaching staff. Head Coach Keri Sanchez was hired in late December 2021, bringing in a brand-new coaching staff with a different perspective on how intense the team practices should be.

“Ask anybody on this team, and I don’t think a single person on the team would have a bad word to say about Keri,” said Wakeman. “I came from a different school and there was a lot of negativity within the coaching staff [there]. Here, you’re treated like a human and humans make mistakes sometimes.”

The Tigers will next take on Colorado State University on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at Stewart Field for their final home matchup of the season. The team will be celebrating their Senior Day and will be saying goodbye to their senior class of Wakeman, defender Alexa Porter, defender Aspen Jeter, forward Jordan Darrow, forward Adelaide Gaffney, and defender Josie Morales.

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