Women’s Soccer Stumbles Against La Salle


The Rams fell to La Salle for their second loss in A-10 play. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Over the weekend, the Fordham’s women’s soccer team continued their season with another home game in the Bronx where they faced La Salle University in an Atlantic 10 Conference match. 

Heading into this game, the Rams’ conference record was an impressive 3-1-1. Fordham struggled early in the season in non-conference play, dropping six of their first seven matches to begin the season. However, six of these games were played on the road, including tough matches against Dartmouth College, Yale University and Quinnipiac University. Since A-10 play has started, the Rams have experienced much more success, picking up big wins against St. Bonaventure University, George Mason University and the University of Rhode Island.

For the first 30 minutes of the game against La Salle, things were deadlocked with both sides unable to provide the opening goal. However, shortly after, La Salle took firm control with three goals scored in a seven-minute span: with one in the 34th minute, one in the 38th minute and the final goal in the 41st minute. Each goal scored by Kelli McGroarty, who was able to secure the hat-trick and give La Salle a stronghold in the match. McGroarty delivered her fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the season to go along with four assists.

In the second half, Fordham was able to claw one back in the 79th minute via senior forward Kristen Cocozza. Junior midfielder Alexandra Taylor passed the ball to Cocozza, who shot the ball perfectly into the top right corner of the net from 18 yards out to make it 3-1. This was her team leading fourth goal of the season. After 90 minutes, the final whistle blew with La Salle beating Fordham 3-1.

After this defeat, Fordham’s overall record is 4-8-1 with their conference record slightly faltering to 3-2-1. Fordham now faces two games in the next week. The Rams will hit the road to North Carolina to face Davidson College before returning to Jack Coffey Field here in the Bronx to square off with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for Fordham’s Senior Day. The Davidson match is this Thursday at 7 p.m. and the VCU game this Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches can be streamed live on ESPN+.