ALBANY, N.Y. – Stormy skies could not keep the Dartmouth women’s soccer team from cruising to a 3-0 win over the University of Albany on Thursday night at Bob Ford Field.
With the win, the Big Green improve to 3-2-0 on the season while the Great Danes fall to 2-4-0. The game started late because of a lightning delay from a passing storm and began just after 7:30 p.m.
At the 1:30 mark in the first period, senior forward Bianca Ribi sent a quick pass to junior midfielder Remy Borinsky, who shot a ground ball straight at the right post past the goalkeeper, taking the lead 1-0.
Toward the middle of the game the possessions continued to go back and forth between the Big Green and the Great Danes, both teams fighting defensively to keep the ball away from their respective nets.
Dartmouth came out of halftime ready to score, when sophomore midfielder Alyssa Neuberger scored her first goal of the season sinking from 15 yards out into the left side. Following the quick score from the Big Green, the Great Danes battled harder, each team trading fouls and possessions.
“I am really proud and I thought this was a really good team win,” head coach Ron Rainey said. “I thought that mentally we responded well to the lightning delay and came out strong, and that carried us all the way through the 90 minutes.
“There are still things to work on and clean up, but this was a nice step after our California trip,” he added. “It’s nice to see the ball going in the back of the net, and getting those shots on goal are going to help us going forward.”
A well-placed Albany corner kick in the 56th minute had potential for scoring but the Dartmouth defense held strong and blocked the goal attempt.
The Big Green put in an insurance goal in the 78th minute. Freshman midfielder, Erin Kawakami, was dribbling near the goal while Neuberger was on her left side. The Palos Verdes, Calif. native pulled back and drew the keeper out of range before passing the ball to Neuberger, who had a close, open shot on the left side and scored her second goal of the night.
Freshman goalkeeper Mariel Gordon played the entire 90 minutes in the net and finished with four saves. Borinsky and Neuberger now both have two goals on the season and Ribi leads the team with three assists.
The Big Green return to action at home as they take on Quinnipiac on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Burnham Field.