DOVER, Del. - With many new faces working together for the first time, the Wesley College Women's Soccer team had trouble building up an attack and fell 2-0 to Goucher College in their season opener on Thursday night at Drass Field.
Sam Brannigan made seven saves in net, but it wasn't enough to stifle the Gopher offense as Goucher scored in the 33rd and 60th minutes of the game to earn the victory. Natalie Trujillo registered the Wolverines' only shot on goal on the night as Wesley missed some close chances.
The Wolverines started six players that were not on the team's roster last season, including five freshmen, making it difficult for the team to connect passes with the lack of experience playing together. There were flashes of brilliance however as Janiah Moore partnered with new teammates Katie Ford and Aleya Cummings to head the Wesley attack.
Goucher's first goal came on a quick counter. Camryn Mackey gathered the ball on the left flank and sent a lofted pass across the box where Theresa Antkowiak-Tassone finished it with a volley to make it 1-0. The Gophers scored again in the second half on a through ball played from the midfield. Stephanie Budrock fed Samantha Turner in stride and the forward slotted it far post to extend the lead.
Wesley's best chance came late in the game when they earned back-to-back corner kicks. The first attempt glanced off a Goucher defender, but the second rattled around in the box before popping up over the crowd. Aleya Cummings got her head to the ball directing it goalward. The crowd reacted as if it had gone in, but it glanced just over the bar.
The Wolverines fall to 0-1 to begin the season but will return to action against Cairn University on Saturday at Drass Field once again. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.