ROSEMONT, Pa. — The lightning that halted their season opener Friday night, Aug. 31 was nothing compared to the electrifying show that Washington’s women put on about 40 hours later.
They struck less than 7 minutes in, launched 34 shots and overwhelmed their hosts from Rosemont College, 12-0, in a non-conference soccer match Sept. 2.
It was a record-setting effort. Senior Olivia Sabatino overtook Meghan Hartzell ‘04 as the career scoring leader and the Shore ladies put up a program-best 34 points in a single match.
Sabatino scored her school-record 18th goal in the 57th minute.
In fairness to Hartzell, it should be noted that she totaled 17 goals in just two seasons.
Hartzell came to Washington to play basketball, which she did for four years. She still holds the school record of 127 career blocked shots.
Olivia Sabatino and Lauren Neary each scored twice and Maia Duval had three assists to equal the record for assists in a single match.
Freshman Bess Mascone scored what held up as the winning goal with 6 minutes, 34 seconds elapsed, heading in a corner kick taken by Sabatino.
Sabatino added the insurance goal in the 13th minute.
Ten players found the back of the net for Washington, which led 5-0 at halftime after taking 22 shots.
Freshman Kelsey Hall of Snow Hill picked up her first point as a collegiate player with an assist on junior Parker Morris’ goal (her first) in the 37th minute.
Washington outshot the home team, 34-2. Three keepers — senior Courtney Colbert, sophomore Annalie Buscarino and freshman Noah Smith — combined on the shutout. Colbert played the first 45 minutes and picked up the win.
Washington’s scheduled season opener Aug. 31 at home against Wesley was stopped due to lightning with 2:50 elapsed.
The match was supposed to start at 7 p.m., but a transportation issue for Wesley and then the initial lightning delay backed up the start to 7:45 p.m.
Both teams cleared the field less than three minutes in and play was suspended until 9:25 p.m., when the decision was made to officially end the match.
Washington defeated Rutgers-Camden, 2-0, Saturday in its pushed-back home opener. It rained throughout, which might help to explain how the score disguised a lopsided contest.
The locals finished with a 36-7 advantage in shots. They took five shots in the opening eight minutes and totaled eight shots before the visiting Scarlet Raptors registered their first shot in the 14th minute.
Washington did not dent the scoreboard until the 23rd minute, but scored twice in the span of 1 minute, 52 seconds.
What held up as the winning goal came on the Shore ladies’ 17th shot of the afternoon. Emily Jacoby was the first to find the rebound of a shot taken by Olivia Sabatino, who picked up her program-leading 49th point.
Olivia Sabatino’s twin sister Arianna scored the insurance goal in the 25th minute.
The Sabatino sisters both had scoring chances in the second half. Arianna’s shot in the 67th minute clanked off the crossbar and Olivia’s free kick in the 83rd minute grazed the top of the bar.
NOTES: Olivia Sabatino’s assist was the 13th of her career, tying the program record established by Sarah Polhamus ‘03 and equaled by Steph Bradley ‘06.
Arianna Sabatino now has 15 career goals, moving into a tie for third with Megan Russell ‘08 and Laura Mozzer ‘06.