HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s soccer team finished its season on a high note Saturday evening with a 1-0 win over Cornell, taking its first Ivy League win of the season.
The Big Green end the year with a record of 7-10-0 with a 1-6-0 Ivy League mark, while Cornell falls to 2-9-3 on the season and 0-5-2 in conference play.
“I think that tonight we did a great job as a team, I’m really proud that we scored the first goal and the pressure we put on them in the second half,” said head coach Ron Rainey. “I think defensively we held tough as they were throwing balls in the box and trying to get the tying goal. Tonight, is a great team win, and I’m really proud of how this team stuck together when we had some adversity in some of our overtime games and I hope it bodes well, I believe it bodes well for our future.”
Dartmouth came out holding the majority of the possession early in the game and outshot the Big Red 16-6 with eight shots on goal and forced goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy to grab seven saves. While the home team had already taken a few shots, they continued to fire on all cylinders and jumped onto the board in the 22nd minute.
Senior Bianca Ribi found freshman Erin Kawakami with room from defenders inside the goal box. Ribi sent the pass and Kawakami took a shot from the center into the left side of the net scoring the lone goal of the game, and her first collegiate goal.
Kawakami turned out to be a big-time contributor this season and finished her first year with one goal, three assists and 10 shots. Big Green keeper Mariel Gordon wraps up her freshman campaign with a 7-10-0 record and four shutouts, with 68 saves and 22 goals allowed total.
Ribi’s assist ends her senior season with a line of three goals and five assists for 11 points. She was joined by fellow seniors Gia Parker, Lindsay Knutson, Zainab Bakrin and Brittany Champagne in celebrating the senior class for its accomplishments. As a group, the five have an overall record of 30-26-10.
“The end of the year is always finite, and I think these five seniors have put in a ton of effort, a ton of sweat and tears, and it’s always good to think about what happens on the field but also good to think about what happens off the field. This senior class battled and kept this team going when we had a couple of tough results in the league, I’m really proud of the class of 2018 and looking forward to seeing what they do with their lives and careers after soccer here.”