adidas supernova glide Former Hamilton standout Samantha Barlow finding the net for Mercer
The Mercer County Community College women soccer team is off to a 2 0 start, and four of the Vikings five goals have come off the foot of sophomore stopper Samantha Barlow.
Long time followers of county soccer will probably re read that first paragraph to make sure they read it right. Barlow has always been known as a good player, but never thought of as a goal scorer.
am more of a playmaker, the Hamilton West graduate said. my life I have been known for my distribution of the ball while playing center midfield. Going to a defensive position has made her an offensive force.
has been a change, but it seems to be working well, Barlow said. a new formation has really helped our team create space, which gives the defenders the ability to move up and rip shots. While at West and in travel ball, one of Barlow greatest weapons was (and still is) her ability to loft big time corner kicks.
coach has given me the confidence to shoot whenever I get the opportunity, rather than passing it off to someone else, Barlow said. knows the distance I can shoot from. My teammates are great at feeding the ball wherever someone wants it. They have been setting me up really nicely. I think all I needed was that little bit of confidence, and I am happy I got it this early in the season. For good measure, she assisted on the Vikings third goal. In a 2 1 victory over Harcum last Thursday, Barlow scored twice in the run of play within minutes of each other and exclaimed have no idea what got into me! I came up from the back and shot the ball as hard as I could. Also on the team are West grads Jamie Bogdol, Karen Estrada and Danielle Schneck, Ewing Kasey Schneider (the starting goalie) and Kendal Parah, Hopewell Valley Sloane Hughes and Carly Cavalier, Nottingham Dana Davies and Kaitlyn Diamond, Steinert Mani Kissling, Notre Dame Rachael South, Lawrence Virginia Cummings and Trenton Lesly Gonzalez.
team is made up of girls all around the county which is really cool, Barlow said. think from working with one another on and off the field all summer, it has really helped with our team chemistry. We are grateful that we have such a talented team that not only can be friends on the field, but off of it as well.
season we knew that we were coming in with a special group of girls, Barlow said. the fitness level, chemistry and talent of this team, I believe that we have the potential to make it far this season. Every player is different, and with each of their special techniques, we have the ability to do great things. The Vikings out shot Harcum 33 3 but had just two goals to show for it.
won, which is great, Barlow said. finishing is the most important thing in soccer and it something we are working on as a team. This has been a problem for us since last season, so we are trying our best to work on it. MCCC entered the Region XIX playoffs with an 11 2 2 record but were crushed by Essex, 7 3, in the tournament semifinals. Mercer entered that game with some injuries and then got a red card, which put them down a player.
The loss is being used as motivation for this season.
remember that day like it was yesterday, and every time I get those random flashbacks I get mad, Barlow said. believe that we can do better, and that why we use that game as a reminder before we play. Not only does it fuel us up, but it reminds us that we have to fix the mistakes we made during that game. We play Essex this Saturday, and we are ready.
STILL PERFECT >> A pair of 3 0 wins at Princeton and at home against Drexel put No. 19 ranked Rutgers at 6 0, which ties the 1996 team for best start in school history. This year team has taken it a step further, however, as all six wins are shutouts. That gives the Knights a school record 540 consecutive minutes of scoreless soccer. 31 Sep. 6. Skorski played in 168 of the 180 minutes in the previous two wins and had an assist against Drexel. She has played the entire game five times.
At the other end of the pitch, senior Cassie Inacio was named Big Ten Women Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals against Princeton.
The Knights do not have an easy path to setting the record for wins to start the season, as their next foe is No.
TCNJ TOURNEY >> The College of New Jersey has had a subdued schedule so far, playing just two games as it prepares to host this weekend Adidas Classic. TCNJ got its first win Sunday, 2 0, over Widener. The Lions defense was again stifling, allowing just two shots on goal.
Princeton has also fallen on hard times after a 2 0 start, having lost to Rutgers and Duquesne. The Tigers try to end their mini losing streak Thursday night when they host Delaware.