Women’s Soccer Vying for Final Playoff Spot

by The Cowl Editor on October 31, 2019

Friar Sports

By Marc DeMartis ’21

Sports Staff

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Brianna Colletti ’21

This past Sunday, the Providence College Women’s Soccer Team took on the Villanova University Wildcats for the Friars’ Senior Day. Although the Friars were defeated 0-1, they dominated the stat sheet in almost every category. 

The Friars had a total of 14 shots compared to Villanova’s six. Rhode Island native Hannah McNulty ’21 led the Friars’ attack with five attempted shots, with one shot-on-goal being a header that ended up hitting the right post. A goal that the Friars could have used to tie the game. McNulty also scored an impressive header that was waved off after being ruled offsides in the 60th minute.

The Wildcats began the game strong, scoring early in the 21st minute, but lost their momentum in the second half as the Friars outshot them 10-0. 

Even though the seniors were upset after losing a hard-fought game, they were just as happy to play with their teammates for their last home game. Olivia Lucia ’20 said, “Although we didn’t get the result we wanted tonight, I was so proud of the effort and hard work that the team put forth. It was an emotional day, but I was overjoyed to be surrounded by my team and fellow seniors on our home field for our last home game.”

When asked about how she felt about her Senior Day, Lucia said, “I honestly can’t put into words how emotional and amazing my senior season has been for me. It doesn’t feel real that I might be playing my last game this week. The little girl inside me doesn’t want to let go of the sport that became her escape and passion.”

Now the Friars look forward to their last game of the regular season against Seton Hall University on Oct. 31. After that, they have the Big East Tournament ahead of them. Lucia is looking forward to this year’s tournament, saying, “Going into the Big East Tournament, I have a lot of confidence in the team and know that if we work hard we can be very successful.” Tournament play starts for the Friars on Nov. 3.