By Jessica Ryan ’19
The crowd sat on the cold, wet bleachers, waiting in anticipation for some action in the women’s soccer game against Worcester State on Wednesday, September 20. The action didn’t come until the last 6 seconds of the game, when Ashton Barkey ‘18 scored the first and only goal, ending a double overtime. It was the first game-winning goal of her career. Barkey says, “It was all a blur, when I shot the ball I didn’t realize how far I was.”
Despite the slow first half, the Scots managed to remain composed and not to fret about the final minutes on the clock. Some would say it looked like a hectic last few minutes but, Devin Lacroix ‘18 is indifferent. “We are used to playing in overtime,” she says. “We experience it a lot so we kind of know how to deal with it.”
Gordon took 16 shot attempts, compared to the Lancers’ 6. Tired but determined, Barkey headed a pass to Lacroix, who then passed back to Barkey right down the middle of the field for Barkey’s game winning goal. The far shot was taken just outside the penalty circle.
Both teams battled and toughed it out under the lights. “It was a tough game. Both teams were hard-working” says Lacroix. Barkey adds, “There were a lot of chances to score from both teams.”
Offside after offside, block after block, it seemed like neither team could catch a break. Finally, the game turned in the Scots favor.
The Scots are currently 3-1-1. But Gordon still has a long way to go. The team has played one conference game against Roger Williams, which it lost 0-1.
The Scots are predicted to rank even better than they did last year. The team hopes to make it back to the CCC Tournament championship, in which they competed last season. The team has a big group of returners, five which are seniors. The fall is looking good for women’s soccer, as they hope to survive and advance.