By Andrew Mannion, Assistant Sports Editor
On a road trip up to Siena College, the Lady Jaspers had a dominant performance over the Saints. This win breaks a four-game losing streak for Manhattan.
They won the match in straight sets and took early leads in all three games. The first set had the Jaspers and the Siants going back and forth to start the game. The Saints made a five-point push to take a 15-12 lead, but from then on out, it was all Jaspers. The Jaspers would end up winning the first set 25-21
After comfortably winning the second set by a score of 21-23, the Jaspers headed into the final set, which would prove to be the closest of the game. The Saints had a strong performance and took a lead that went as big as 5 points. The Jaspers were then able to rally a 9-2 run which snatched the lead back. The Jaspers would end up winning the set 25-23 and the game in straight sets.
They then took on Quinnipiac this past Wednesday, where they fell to the Bobcats in straight sets of 13-25, 20-25, and 15-25. Their best performance was in the second set, where they maintained a lead throughout. However, a four-point run from the Bobcats would switch the momentum and would eventually lead to a Bobcat victory.
Manhattan added to its undefeated record in league play, as they defeated Fairfield 2-1 this Wednesday.
The first goal of the game was scored by the Jaspers. It was netted by Ayoub Boumela after Sebastian Musu made a run down the field and was able to pass the ball over to Boumela and set him up for the shot.
The Stags would then tie the game at 1 each after a 39th-minute equalizer. After going into half-tied-up, the Jaspers came out and played an aggressive offensive front. In the 51st minute, Musu found Tony Yehboah who was able to race down the field and net Jasper’s second goal of the night.
Great defense through the rest of the night led to the Jaspers gaining the win against Fairfield 2-1. Head Coach Jorden Scott had high praise for the team.
“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight as a team and how connected we have to be when decisions go against us,” Scott said. “We played for 30 minutes with a player down and found a togetherness and resilience that will only make us stronger. I’m proud of how far we have come and I’m excited about the journey ahead.”
The Jaspers women’s soccer team fell to Fairfield 1-0 this past week. Fairfield would score the game’s only goal early, after going up 1-0 in the 10th minute. That goal would prove to be the deciding point, as both teams played spotless defense throughout the rest of the game.
Margaret Brunk, the Jaspers goaltender, had an incredible game. She made nine saves on ten opportunities and kept the Jaspers in the game throughout. The Jaspers would have their chances to tie the game, but all were stopped by Fairfield’s defense.
Brendan Lawler, the Jaspers head coach, is optimistic about future games for the team saying they had “Another great effort, but unfortunately not the result we were looking for. We are looking forward to getting back at it on Saturday.”