After a phenomenal start by the women’s soccer team, gravity is starting to set in. After starting their season with a six game winning streak, the Lady Storm are 1-1-2. They’ve scored two goals in four games and have given up a total of 1 goal. The two goals were scored by none other than Rachel Daly. Shocker.
To spend another column complimenting “the scoring machine formerly known as Rachel Daly” would be unnecessary. In sports, the best athletes are not always the most talented but those who are able to adjust to the competition and St. John’s is no exception. Teams are looking at the women’s soccer team now a lot differently than at the start of the year. They know that if they can contain Daly their chances at victory greatly increase.
Don’t let the numbers fool you. Rachel Daly has been the number one reason why the team is in this position.
Emily Cubbage was the leading goal scorer last year with three goals. Daly had that in two games. The total amount of goals for the team was 16, a number that Daly will probably break before the season ends.
While Daly deserves the accolades that come as a result of hard work, it’s the rest of the offense that needs to step up; where is the rest of the offense? The back four is one of the best back fours in the conference. However outside of early success from Amy Marron and Morgan Tinari, the rest of the offense has given way for Daly to take the stage.
Goalkeepers Diana Poulin and Ellen Conway have been solid between the net and have kept the Red Storm in every game this year.
If the Red Storm want to go deep into the fall, they’ll have to find other ways to score. The Marrons and Tinaris need to step up and find the net every now and then to alleviate the pressure for Daly, who might run out of steam and cause a downward spiral.