By Adam Zaki
Published: September 27th, 2017
The Brooklyn College women’s soccer team fell to 3-6 on Monday after a crushing 9-1 loss to Rutgers-Newark at the Brooklyn College Field. It is the Bulldogs’ second consecutive loss, after a prior three-game winning streak put a glimmer of hope on the team’s expectations moving forward.
The Bulldogs have struggled mightily defensively. In five of their nine matches this season, BC has given up seven or more goals-—all of those games have been losses. Both of the team’s goaltenders have been walloped by opponents, as starter Dajanna Pena and backup Ketty Pena are averaging five and 8.2 goals against per game, respectively.
Offensive inconsistencies have also halted the Bulldogs from overcoming their defensive woes. After coming up one short for their season-high in shots on goal with 21 in a win against Medgar Evers on Sept. 20, the Bulldogs have only been able to put one shot on goal in each of their last two losing efforts.
Good teams take advantage of Brooklyn College’s weakness by swarming them defensively and aggressively attacking the net on offense, resulting in overwhelmed defenders trying to compensate for poor offensive play.
The team will now have a much-needed week off to regroup and consider the options on how to turn their season around. With Coach Patrick Horne’s extensive experience at Brooklyn College, the team has the capabilities at the coaching helm to turn the season around. A young roster can use the remainder of the season to gather some experience for the future, and maybe simplifying the team’s strategy can allow for a more fluid style of play.
With only two home games left on the season, the Bulldogs’ hopes to compete relies heavily on play away from BC. After games on Monday and Saturday next week against Purchase College and City College of New York, respectively, the Bulldogs will conclude the regular season with six consecutive road games outside the borough of Brooklyn.