Today’s ‘Grind’ will be less of a commentary piece and more to shed light on a team that has continued to fly under the radar. The La Salle Women’s soccer team beat Temple and St. Joe’s 5-0 and 3-0, respectively. Why (other than two solid wins over city rivals) are these victories significant, you might ask? Well with the two wins the Explorers improve to 10-0-1 on the year and remain the only NCAA (men and women’s) soccer team yet to allow a goal. Thats correct, through 11 games the team has not allowed a single goal, outscoring their opponents 23-0.
Thus far, the Explorer’s have been led by senior Goalie Melissa Sanger who has registered 30 saves and all 11 shutouts thus far and an outstanding defensive, which has allowed only 79 total shots. In addition to a superb backline the team has plenty of offensive firepower in sophomore Renee Washington and true freshman Kelsey Haycook. The two forwards have combined for 14 goals and 32 points through the first 11 contests. On Friday night, Haycook recorded a hat trick against Temple.
The Explorers are poised to make their first run to the NCAA tournament if they can get passed perennial power Dayton on Friday at home (McCarthy Stadium, 7 o’clock). After the contest with the Flyers, the Explorers host Xavier before finishing the season with 5 road games.