Women's Soccer

 

Women's Soccer finishes season on 3-Game Winning Streak

Sophomore Class of 2018
Sophomore Class of 2018

On October 13, the Women's soccer team dug deep and established the culture that Head Coach Rob Polk has worked to instill in the women's soccer program, a culture of high character and respect for the sport. Despite being out of contention for a playoff spot, team captains Kiana Arroyo, Mallory Chamberlain, and Daleishka Torres led the team on a 3-game winning streak to close out the 2018 season.

The first win came against the Bergen CC Bulldogs as Arroyo and Chamberlain both found the back of the net to lead the Dukes to a 2-1 victory. The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead that looked to put them on a momentum swing to victory, however, the Dukes came back and held on for the narrow victory. Two days later, the same two teams would meet, this time at Bergen. Despite the tough midweek trip north, the Dukes were determined to finish their road portion of the season with a victory. Arroyo would find the net once again and Kylie Porch would deliver a goal of her own to lead the team to a 2-0 victory. It would be the first time the Dukes would earn back to back victories on the season.

In the final home game of the season, the Dukes were a force to be reckoned with. As they hosted the Cougars of Lehigh Carbon, the Dukes could not get on the scoreboard in the first half despite multiple scoring chances. Finally, just seconds after the 2nd Half begun, Kiana Arroyo would find the net twice within ten minutes to take the 2-0 lead for the Dukes. After a Lehigh Carbon goal, the Dukes would put the game away for good as sophomores Kylie Porch and Mallory Chamberlain would each find the back of the net to secure the victory for the Dukes at 4-2.

Sophomore leadership defined the 2018 season for the Dukes. Kiana Arroyo led the Dukes in goals with 8 as Kylie Porch and Mallory Chamberlain followed with 4 goals each. On the back end, Ashlee Donelsen, Devin Fisher, Daleishka Torres, and Alyssa Wilson provided strong defense all season long to help freshmen goalkeeper Shakira Still ease into her first season of college action. As the first roster inherited by Coach Polk, he had this to say about his graduating players. "This group will always hold a special place in my heart." The Athletics Department could not have said it better.