Women’s soccer ends season with a 4-1 win over Cornell at home

by Gayne Kalustian | 11/10/13 2:31pm

by Josh Renaud / The Dartmouth

It was a bittersweet weekend at Burnham Field as the women’s soccer team finished its season with an impressive 4-1 victory over Cornell University. The win moved the Big Green to 8-6-3 and 4-3 in the Ivy League, good enough for a fourth-place finish in the Ancient Eight.

“It means so much,” co-captain Kim Rose ’13 said. “It’s the perfect way to end our careers as seniors; to get a win and also to score four goals, and really just to end the game with all our classmates on the field, was awesome.”

The game opened with a goal by Chrissy Lozier ’14, placed so perfectly that it ricocheted off the post and in for the score just eight minutes into the game. Corey Delaney ’16 fed the ball to her teammate in the center of the box for the assist.

“Chrissy Lozier is one of our best players and goal scorers,” co-captain Emma Brush ’13 said. “Most of the season, she was injured. If we had her for the rest of the season, who knows how many goals she could have scored.”

Cornell (7-8-1, 1-6 Ivy) showed some strength in the first half, notching its only goal in the 20th minute off of an intercepted pass. The keeper successfully sent back several corner kicks by remaining active in the box and coming out to meet the Dartmouth offense. Additionally, the Big Red offense broke through on a few give-and-go carries down field, which were somewhat effective against the Dartmouth defense.

“They overloaded on one side,” Brush said. “They played a lopsided formation on one side of the field, which was kind of hard for our outside midfielder and defender.”

Cornell could not ultimately gain any momentum against the Big Green. Dartmouth absolutely dominated the middle of the field, winning the 50-50 balls and running to meet passes. Kelly Brait ’14 proved to be an asset as she settled the balls and made passes to switch the attacks back toward the Cornell keeper.

“Kelly Brait is an amazing player,” co-captain Marina Moschitto ’14 said. “She’s someone that, once she has the ball, has a way of settling it down. She’s a very fluid player that affects everyone on the field.”

The Big Green went into halftime still tied 1-1, but clearly resolved to not only control the possession but turn up the attack and finish opportunities. While the shots were a relatively even 6-4, the Big Green tallied four corner kicks to the Big Red’s zero.

“During half time, we talked about how we literally have 45 minutes left in the season,” Moschitto said. “We have constantly asked ourselves what legacy we want to leave. The one word we always drive home is resiliency, and we came out ready to finish strong.”

And in fact, almost as soon as the second half began, victory seemed imminent. Dartmouth took as many shots in that half as Cornell did for the entire game and crashed the net as a strongly unified team. Delaney’s goal in the 61st minute was the product of at least three players remaining present in the box and fighting until they found the net.

“The mentality in the box was absolutely amazing,” Rose said. “We were throwing our bodies into the box for the goals, and we did a really good job of shielding the keeper.”

Lozier scored the third Dartmouth goal, stemming from a similar situation to Delaney’s goal, in which the Cornell defense was totally overwhelmed by the relentless attack. The ball was loose in the box and the keeper was unable to gain control and succumbed to three different Big Green forwards running into the net. Moschitto notched the final goal of the game, an unassisted bomb from just inside the 18 that found the net even after deflecting off of a Cornell defender. Three minutes later, the final whistle blew, ending both the game and season. For eight seniors, the whistle marked the end of their soccer careers.

“It was a very emotional mentality,” Moschitto said. “We said that we needed to win because we were undefeated at home. We needed to come out on top.”

The win capped off a 7-0-1 overall home record for the Big Green. The only game the team did not win at Burnham Field was a 1-1 tie against Boston University.

“I think that even though we weren’t fighting for the Ivy League championship, just having a high ranking and a positive record is awesome,” Moschitto said. “This is our last time everyone is playing together, so you want to end on a positive note.”

Rose is a former staff reporter for The Dartmouth.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: Nov. 12, 2013

The article's headline incorrectly stated the final score of the game versus Cornell. The score was 4-1, not 4-0.