Colonials tie wins record, return to campus for home stand

Nick Buzzelli, Staff Writer

  After defeating Sacred Heart 1-0 in double overtime on October 2 and home before traveling to Connecticut for matches against Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State, the Robert Morris women’s soccer team will return home for a four game Northeast Conference home stand against beginning October 14.

  With a shutout victory against the SHU Pioneers, senior goalkeeper Jessica Olin became the Colonials all-time wins leader in the history of the women’s soccer program. Olin turned away all five Sacred Heart shots en route to her 20th career victory in only 45 career matches.

  “It is a great honor and I am proud that I have been able to break this record in my time here at Robert Morris,” Olin explained. “I could not have done it without my team in front of me.”

  On the Connecticut road trip, the Colonials let an early lead slip away against the bobcats, but bounced back with a 3-1 triumphant victory against Central Connecticut State.

  RMU’s eight total wins thus far in the season ties a women’s soccer team record set by the 1999 and 2009 teams.

  Robert Morris returns to the North Athletic Complex for a home stand that features Mount St. Mary’s, Monmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Bryant University.

  Last season, the Colonials split matches against these four teams, defeating the Mountaineers and Hawks, but dropped contests against the Knights and Bulldogs.

  Midfielder Lauren Thomas believes that NEC competition renews many of the Colonials’ long-standing rivalries. “Monmouth will challenge us both mentally and physically and hopefully we can come out on top,” stated the native of Wheeling, West Virginia. “Getting picked eighth in the preseason poll is really motivating us to make it to the NEC tournament. We’ve worked too hard for our season to end early.”

  After the two goal victory against the Blue Devils, Robert Morris improved to 8-5-1 overall which puts the Colonials in a four way tie for fifth place in the NEC. Despite owning a 2-2 conference record, RMU still has the most important games of the season ahead of them, which could possibly include the Northeast Tournament which would begin on November 4.

  “The past three seasons in which I’ve played we’ve always been okay but we are always trying to get out of the hole. Things are different this year,” explained Thomas, a senior. “We have a desire to go all the way and it’s never been like this before.”