By Samip Delhiwala
Published: October 25th, 2017
The Brooklyn College women’s soccer team has struggled all year, and it reached a new low after being blanked in a 0-5 loss to Lehman College in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (3-12, 2-4 in conference) attempted to get their offense going early, but junior midfielder Keri Kenna’s shot at the 5:30 mark was saved by the Lightning’s (8-7-1, 4-2 in conference) freshman goalkeeper Rebecca Gritz. Kenna later attempted two more shots, but the first was too wide while Gritz saved the second.
Lehman then began to attack BC’s defense, with Melanie Siranuala and Pamela Sanchez attempting shots at the 23:55 and 25:52 marks, respectively. Siranuala’s was wide while Sanchez’s was too high, but the Lightning redeemed themselves at the 28:06 mark when Daisy Gomez kicked one straight past BC goalkeeper Ketty Pena for the game winner.
With the 1-0 lead, Lehman continued pounding at the Bulldogs’ defense. Pena managed to save Daniela Castro’s header shot, and BC remained fortunate when Siranuala shot wide and Val Rojas Alingue shot high. But just over a minute later, Castro shot a goal off of Gredia Sanchez’s assist to give the Lightning a 2-0 advantage.
Siranuala then scored just under three minutes later, at the 37:14 mark, to give her team a dominating 3-0 lead at the half, as the Bulldogs didn’t attempt a single shot after the 19:32 mark.
The second period again featured a dormant Bulldogs offense; Illiana Cabral attempted a shot at the 49:44 mark to cut the deficit to 1-3, but Gritz saved it, and BC didn’t attempt a single shot for the rest of the match. However, the Bulldogs did showcase a much stronger and stingy defense for most of the period.
Pamela Sanchez got the action started in the period with a shot at the 47:33 mark, but Pena managed to save it. Sanchez attempted another shot nine minutes later, but it sailed wide.
Pena kept BC’s hopes alive with two more saves on shots by Alingue and Castro, while Gomez’s shot at the 59:07 mark was too wide.
After an offensive drought on both sides for 17 minutes, Lehman began threatening with strong offensive field position on the Bulldogs. Castro fired a shot at the 76:09 mark that Pena was able to get her hands on, but after a foul on BC, Gredia Sanchez laced a goal past Pena to put her team up 4-0 and all but end the Bulldogs’ hopes of a comeback. Castro then scored just three minutes later, at the 81:21 mark, for a garbage time goal to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs attempted a total of four shots (three on goal), led by Kenna’s three (two on goal), compared to the Lightning’s 24 (14 on goal). Despite giving up five goals, Pena was able to limit the damage with nine saves.
Castro led Lehman with seven shots (six on goal) to go along with two goals and an assist.
The Bulldogs have now lost eight straight matches, dating back to a 0-7 loss on Sept. 23 against Fairleigh Dickinson University. The team has also not scored a goal in four straight matches, and has scored only three goals throughout the span of its current losing streak.
Brooklyn has dropped to fifth in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) standings after playing its final CUNYAC match of the season. Lehman now sits in third place.
With the Bulldogs’ match against Manhattanville College cancelled due to inclement weather, the team will finish off its disappointing season against Wesley College in Dover, DE on Friday at 6:00 p.m.