Women’s soccer takes home two victories to kick off season

The Trinity women’s soccer team won their first two games of the season last weekend.  Trinity started off the weekend well with a blow-out match on Friday against Luther (IA) College. The Tigers defeated Luther 7-1 and had a total of 26 shots on goal.

Junior midfielder and All-American Emily Jorgens completed the game with a hat trick, scoring two goals within the first eight minutes of the game, and the third within the starting minutes of the second half. Junior midfielder Kelsey Falcone and senior midfielder Michelle Lanier also scored for the Tigers with goals in the first and second halves, respectively. First-year midfielders Kimberly Polasek and Yasmeen Farra both made their debuts at Trinity, each with goals in the second half.

“We executed on offense really well. We had good combinations throughout the midfield that created multiple goal-scoring opportunities for us. [Despite that it was a blow-out] we had about a fifteen-minute spell in first and second half when we really struggled to keep the ball and we just weren’t playing our game,” Falcone said. “We regrouped during halftime and reorganized our defending and then we started playing our game again.”

The Trinity Women’s team finished their second game of the weekend on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the University of Puget Sound.  Senior defender Jennifer White fired in the first goal of the game from more than 30 yards away. Puget Sound equalized shortly, but senior forward Shelby Guenthardt quickly scored the Tigers’ second goal to make them take the lead.

“Our attacking shape and combinations moving forward looked really good and provided a lot of success in scoring goals. We’ve made some adjustments to defend better together as a team, particularly when the other team is playing out of the back,” Guenthardt said.

Sophomore midfielder Maggie Olvera advanced the Tigers’ lead by scoring the only goal of the second half. Junior goalkeeper Devan Osegueda played the entire game and logged five saves for the Tigers.

“It feels wonderful to start the season with two wins. We always prioritize playing at high standards. Puget Sound is a challenging team so we had to make some adjustments, but we came out with a win. Moving forward, we are focusing on having a really tight system of communication and strong defense all over the field,” White said.

The Tigers travel to California this weekend to play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 5 p.m. CST today and Chapman at 10 a.m. CST on Sunday, Sept. 8. Both games can be viewed online.