On a beautiful Thursday afternoon, the Cumberland County College Dukes Women's Soccer team entered the matchup against the Mustangs of Montgomery County Community College with a refreshed approach. Not only would it be their first home match of the season, but it was an opportunity to regroup after beginning the season with two tough losses.
The approach would serve them well as the Dukes produced early chances, including one scoring chance right off the kickoff. After a goal off a counterattack by Montgomery, Mallory Chamberlain would get the Dukes on the board with her first goal of the season. Action would go back and forth for the remainder of the half as the Mustangs and Dukes would trade a pair of goals with Devon Patchell and Kiana Arroyo finding the back of the net for Cumberland. Both goals would be the second of the season for each player. Cumberland would take the lead for good on Chamberlain's second goal of the day, set up by a beautiful delivery from fellow sophomore, Alyssa Wilson. The 4-3 score would hold for much of the second half, before sophomore, Kylie Porch, would put the game away with a clutch goal with just under 5 minutes to play in the match. The Dukes would hold on for the 5-3 victory.
The Dukes have possessed a balanced attack thus far in 2018 with four players (Arroyo, Chamberlain, Patchell, Porch) with at least 2 goals, with Patchell leading the way pitching in with 3 assists. Devin Fisher, Brooke Shaw, and Alyssa Wilson have been strong in the middle as Daleishka Torres and Mikayla Mathias stablize the back end for the Dukes. As goalkeeper, Shakira Still, continues to develop under the Dukes coaching staff, look for Cumberland to build off of this victory. With the win, Dukes Women's Soccer moves to 1-2 with two home matches this week. They will face Middlesex Count (1-2) on Tuesday, September 25, and Rowan-Gloucester (2-2) on Thursday, September 27. Both kickoffs will be at 3:30 PM.