Raines ‘last-minute goal helps St. Mary’s College girls’ soccer win senior day
ST. MARY’S CITY, Maryland – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s football game against Lancaster Bible College was played at the last minute on Saturday night, making it a day to remember for the seniors. Ahead of first year Ella Raines (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was in the center of a St. Mary’s College victory for the seventh time this season as the Seahawks (10-5-3, 6-0-2 UEC) handed Lancaster Bible (8-9-0, 5-3-0 UEC) a 1-0 loss in the regular season finale.
The victory locked in the No. 2 seed for St. Mary’s College while the Chargers took the No. 4 seed in loss.
Ahead of the game, the Seahawks recognized their senior eight for their years of dedication and leadership – captain Lauren Baker (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton), advocate Julia faranetta (Lawrenceville, NJ / Lawrence), captain Lauren Giron (Rockville, Maryland / Rockville), defenseman Sarah kifer (Sister Bay, Wisconsin / Gibraltar), defender Cameron Mangold (West River, Maryland / Southern), defender / midfielder Casey mayo (Prince Frederick, Maryland / Huntingtown), attacker Megan Tazza (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and midfielder Ashley Yurich (Mount Airy, Maryland / Linganore).
How did it happen
- The Seahawks dominated Lancaster Bible, 9-1, in the first half, butErin mikulacame with four saves to send the teams at halftime into a scoreless stalemate.
- Once again, St. Mary’s College was the dominant team in the final 45 minutes with a 5-1 shooting advantage.
- Mikuladenied three of those shots beforeRaineslocked up a passFaranettainside the box and unleashed a left-footed shot for his seventh game-winning goal of the season in the 89th minute.
Inside the box
- In the end, St. Mary’s College led the Chargers, 14-2 on shots and 4-1 on corner kicks.
- Mangold and midfielder in second year Marie quinn (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) paced the Seahawks with three shots each while Raines scored his 11th goal of the season leading the conference and the team.
- First year goalie Kylie wells (Middletown, MD / Middletown) ended the night with a save recording his sixth solo shutout and going 7-1-2 this season.
- Mikula finished the game with seven saves as the Chargers ended their two-game winning streak.
- St. Mary’s College ends its regular season with an unbeaten mark in its inaugural season at the United East Conference. This is the first time in the history of the women’s soccer program that the Seahawks have posted an unbeaten conference record.
- And just for the third time in program history, the Seahawks will be the No. 2 seed in a conference tournament.
- St. Mary’s College will face the No. 3 seed Penn State Berks in the semifinals of the 2021 United East Conference women’s football tournament on Saturday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m. The four-team tournament will be hosted by top seeded Penn State Harrisburg, who finished the regular season with a 7-0-1 unbeaten record and earned the right to host.
The next step for the Seahawks
- Nov 6 vs. Penn State Berks (7-8-2) – Middletown, PA – 2:30 p.m.
- Nov. 7 – United East Conference Championship Game – Middletown, PA – 1:00 p.m.