Women’s Soccer Misses Out on Playoffs after 2-1 Upset


Photo by James Miranda/Pace Chronicle.

Women’s soccer lost 2-1 in a crucial NE-10 matchup Sat., Oct. 31.

JAMES MIRANDA, Sports Editor

The Pace Setters women’s soccer team (8-6-4, 5-5-4 NE-10) missed out on the playoffs after a 2-1 loss to the Assumption College Greyhounds (10-7, 8-6 NE-10) Sat., Oct. 31 at Pace Stadium.

After the loss, New Haven went on to beat Saint Anselm 2-0 later that night to effectively end the Setters season.

The game had playoff implications. If Pace won, they would have clinched a playoff spot. If they lost, a playoff berth would depend on if New Haven University won or lost. There was not a possibility of a tiebreaker.

“We’ve done enough to put ourselves into the playoffs, it’s just that it comes down to, is New Haven going to do a little bit more than us?” Head Coach Mike Winn said.

Pace came in tied with Southern Connecticut University for seventh place in the NE-10.  They were fresh off their record eighth shutout of the season in their 3-0 win against Concordia College. Meanwhile, Assumption has been 4-4 in the month of October.

Assumption started off the scoring with a goal by forward Amanda Arnold at the 9:06 mark.

“In the beginning of the game, the game plan was to come out strong, have high energy, and pressure the ball,” said center back Teresa Fotino. “It was all mental mistakes and the right positioning, nothing to do with effort or skill. It’s just mental mistakes.”

Pace would respond, however, and start the second half with a goal by midfielder Emma Sinanan with an assist from Drew Ribadeneyra, who had two goals in the 3-0 victory over Concordia, at the 50:26 mark.

It changed the dynamic of the game, according to Winn. The Setters offense began to charge a little harder than earlier forcing Assumption to put their defense together. However, the sudden burst soon ended when Arnold headed a corner kick by midfielder Ania Spia for her second goal of the game at 71:19.

“We really didn’t execute on a lot of things so I think that was our main problem,” Fotino said. “It was do or die for us. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the win, but I think as a team we knew what was on the line today and gave it our all.”

Pace took 13 shots, four of them on goal. Goalkeeper Aisha Chauhan was able to collect five saves despite allowing two goals. Sinanan drove in the only goal, which was her only shot on goal out of the three shots she took.

Assumption took 12 shots with seven of them on goal. They committed 11 fouls and they were offsides four times.

Seniors Fanny Fellevik, Kristiana Padavona, and Fabiana Rebecca were honored before kickoff for Senior Day. As a part of Senior Day, the three were given recognition for their service on the Pace women’s soccer team.

Setter’s soccer is now in a mindset and is focused on 2016.

“We’re proud of the team and all the accomplishments, ” Winn said. “We knocked off a top-10 team in the country, went 30 days without a loss, so I think we had some great moments throughout the year. Obviously, we’re all competitive people and there’s a level of disappointment, but it’s overshadowed by how proud we are.”