BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Emerson Women's Soccer team opened up their 2011 season Monday afternoon which saw them fall in a tough 1-0 loss to the Wentworth Leopards at Parsons Field in Brookline. Freshman goalie Alexandra Altman had a fantastic night in goal, stopping 14 shots on goal. The effort wasn't enough though as EC falls to 0-1 on the season.
The first half saw the Lions come out with poise as the Leopards outshot them nine to six with Alexandra Altman expertly patrolling the goal, making six saves in the half, one incredible diving save in the 40th minute of play. Meaghan Foehl made a valid attempt with a cross in the 28th minute of play, but an excellent diving catch by Jess Gardner foiled the drive to keep it at zeros headed into the second half.
The second half proved to be a faster one as both teams came out using everything in the tanks with shots being peppered across the field on both sides to fire up a lively Emerson faithful crowd. Altman played savior again on more than a few occasions as she kept the Leopards off the boards for more than 68 minutes of play until the Leopards finally struck when a free ball in front of the net allowed Elizabeth Somma the space she needed to net her second of the season.
The goal was all the Leopards would need as the Emerson defense kept WIT at bay, but the offense couldn't overcome the rock solid defense as well as some fantastic net play by Jess Gardner who collected the shutout on the night.
The Lions will head back to action this Wednesday as they set to head to Lesley for an 8 p.m. match against the Lynx.