Women’s Soccer Closes its Season


O’Sullivan (above) fought hard in goal in Fordham’s final games of the season. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

This past week, the Rams had a strong close to the season like no other. With only eight games played this season, they have been able to push through hardships and obtain a winning record.

This past week, the Rams played five games in total. Four of the games were wins, with only one loss to end the season.

With two of the games being rematches, the Rams bounced back strongly and fearlessly. As the season came to a close, the fans have been cheering at home, celebrating the success from the digital sidelines.

After coming back from a win against the University of Rhode Island in double overtime, Fordham was able to defeat them again, this time in regulation play. While in Rhode Island, senior midfielder Milan Bornstein scored a goal within the first half of the game with an assist by junior defender Kendall Dandridge. Bornstein was able to score her first goal of the season, and it led to the win for the Rams.

Throughout the game, freshman goalkeeper Maria O’Sullivan saved two shots, completing her second career shutout. As Fordham kept up the aggression, the Rams played hard to close their season strong.

In their fourth straight win, the Rams faced the Saint Joseph’s Hawks again and shut them out after the first half. After 39 minutes of play, freshman midfielder Alexandra Taylor scored her first collegiate goal. 

In the last game of their regular season, the Rams took a loss against the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen with a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship on the line. O’Sullivan had four saves in the first half, fighting to keep the Minutewomen scoreless. Playing hard both offensively and defensively, the Rams were unable to come up with a goal despite the tough plays. UMass’ Jenny Hipp scored a goal in the last 13 minutes of regulation play. 

As the season came to an end, the Rams battled through unprecedented conditions, closures and stoppages. With a 4-3-1 record, women’s soccer closed the year.

In anticipation of the next year, head coach Clinton said, “Our style of play is really coming together.  It’s fun and exciting to be a part of.  We have three returning seniors coming back for a fifth year, our younger returning group are developing as a strong core and we have a really talented incoming class.” The Rams’ only goal is to be better.