Lady Raptors’ Third Straight Win after Hagerstown Shellacking


Yuki Smith

Celina Alvarez attacks against Haggerstown. Alvarez scored 4 goals. (Photo: Yuki Smith)

Binyam Ephrem, Staff Writer

The Montgomery College Women’s Soccer Team cruised to a resounding victory over fellow I-270 rival, Hagerstown Community College, 16-0 on a day that saw a four-goal performance, a couple of hat tricks, humid weather, and a confidence-boosting conference performance. With this victory, Montgomery College was able to go over .500 for the first time in the season with an overall record of 5-4 and continue their conference success with a 4-1 record, while Hagerstown dropped to 2-2. Hagerstown is still winless in the conference, slipping to 0-2. The Lady Raptors got off to a quick start, scoring four goals within the first twenty-five minutes to jump to an early 4-0 lead. From there, Montgomery College did not take their foot off the gas, continuing to dominate possession. With their stellar spacing and pace, the Lady Raptors were able to make their presence felt in the Lady Hawks side of the field. “This game and the last game were kind of a confidence builder for us. Learning how to make the runs and building confidence with our shots.” said forward Elise Couturier, who along with her sister Sophie had a hat trick. Star midfielder Celina Alvarez has continued her impressive 2019-2020 campaign, netting an astounding 4 goals, bringing her total goals scored for the season so far at 11. After starting the month of September with two straight losses and a 2-4 record, head coach Phillip Nana has been able to rally the Lady Raptors to three straight victories with a score margin of 34 goals scored to 1 goal allowed. “We wanted to work on keeping control of the ball, total domination of possession. Also creating many chances as we can. Our focus was on our finishing,” Coach Nana said. The red-hot Lady Raptors will get to have a week of rest until September 22nd when they go to Texas to face Angelina College.