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Women's Soccer Edged by Dickinson in First-Place Showdown, 1-0

Hannah Friedrich
Hannah Friedrich

CARLISLE, Pa. – The Haverford College women's soccer team battled for the top spot in the Centennial Conference on Saturday afternoon at Dickinson. The two sides came into the day tied for first place  and they were every bit as close on the conference standings indicated. Unfortunately for the Fords (11-2-2, 5-1-2 CC), it was the Red Devils (11-1-4, 6-0-2 CC) that scored the only goal during the 52nd minute of play to hand Haverford its first defeat since the opening weekend of the regular season.

Today's tough result snapped Haverford's 13-match unbeaten streak which will go down as the third-longest in program history. Dickinson recorded 14 shots in the contest, but eight saves from Haverford goalie Hannah Friedrich denied the Red Devils for much of the afternoon.

Haverford had its chances throughout the match. During the 28th minute of play, Celia Page saw her shot blocked as she put herself in prime scoring position before the last moment deflection off the Red Devil defender. The Fords earned one of their six corner kicks shortly after that play, but a save off the shot of Gabrielle Cipriano again turned away the Fords. Just before the Red Devils went up 1-0 during the second half, Saede Eifrig had the possession in the attacking third but saw her shot also saved by Dickinson's Carli Boyer.

The Fords finished the game with a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, but ultimately it was Meg Tate scoring the game's lone goal for the Red Devils that proved to be the difference. Boyer made a pair of saves in goal for the Red Devils to record the shutout.

With today's Centennial Conference results, Haverford is now in fourth place in the Centennial Conference standings, but just a single point out of second. The Fords will wrap up the regular season next week with their fellow Tri-Co institutions Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore. Tuesday's match at Bryn Mawr is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. Next Saturday, Haverford welcomes Swarthmore to Walton Field for a 12 p.m. noon start in what will also be Senior Day for the six members of Haverford's graduating class.