The Green Terror shut out the Dickinson Red Devils for their 12th win this season to remain undefeated atop the Centennial Conference, just days after being ranked 25th in the country by d3soccer.com.
The win featured four goals from McDaniel (12-0, 4-0), one of which came from a well-placed corner kick by Nicole Hill. The junior also led the team with four of their 14 shots.
Dickinson (5-4-2, 1-2-1) had a lone chance to take a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick midway through the first half, but McDaniel goalie Sarah McDonald dove to her side for the save, part of her six-save day.
The first goal came just over a minute after the start of the second half when Hill’s corner found the head of teammate Kristen Upton, who directed it into the back of the net.
Christina Wroblewski and Maggie Quinn combined for the second goal in the 62nd minute, as Quinn fired the ball past Dickinson goalie Amanda Masterson.
In the 72nd minute, Jess Beall capitalized after another corner kick for the Green Terror, giving them a 3-0 lead.
The fourth and final goal of the game came just four minutes later as Wroblewski and Quinn combined yet again, this time with Wroblewski scoring. Both women ended with game with a goal and an assist.
The Green Terror have six games remaining in their season, all of which are conference matchups. They have yet to play Swarthmore, who sits right behind them also at 4-0 in conference and 10-0 overall. The two teams will meet on Oct.17 to battle it out for Centennial reign.
When asked about the Swarthmore game, head coach Sandra Lagana said, “We’re trying to go one at a time, our goal first is to beat Franklin and Marshall…we’re not going to take them lightly, we need to get that win first.”
Lagana did say that she “Can’t wait to play [Swarthmore], I think we’ll match up really well.”
She also mentioned that Swarthmore was one of the top teams in the country, a title that has recently been given to her Green Terror squad with their ranking from d3soccer.com. She said that the ranking was “deserved” and “[the team] earned the right to be there, and now we want to stay there.”
Lagana also spoke to the fact that the Green Terror failed to score in the first half, saying that “The girls did everything that we asked them to, we just missed a little bit of execution on the goal.”
She also brought to light that McDonald’s penalty kick save was huge, giving them the momentum they needed to come out and properly execute in the second half.
McDaniel will play their next game at home against Franklin and Marshall (3-6-1, 1-3) on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., looking to keep their winning streak alive.