Centennial Colts women’s soccer team will be heading up the 401 to take on the Loyalist College Lancers in Belleville on Friday night.
With the addition of some eye-checking rookies and continued stellar performances from captain Nailah Rowe, the team feels poised to make a move in the early season standings.
“We will be focusing on getting forward and capitalizing on our opportunities while maintaining balance in all zones of the field,” said team co-captain Emily Cullen. “We are ready and excited to play.”
The Colts started the season on a low, dropping their first game against St. Lawrence 2-1. They played a defensively minded game, managing only five shots on net, relying on goalkeeper Rosalie Benedict who made 11 saves.
Earlier this week the women put on a masterful offensive display against Fleming College, resulting in a dominant 6-0 win at their home opener, with notable performances from Brieanna Grant, and Rowe, who combined for all six Colts goals.
“Our team will continue to maintain a hard-working and resilient mentality on and off the pitch,” said Cullen, to The Observer.
All eyes are on Rowe this week, after scoring four goals last game. The forward has an active presence on the field, and is always looking for a gap in play to create chances.
Her transitions with teammates are as if the team has played together for years.
Two other players who will be making a difference this season for the Colts are Grant and newcomer Jessa Braun.
Grant, who scored two goals against Fleming, has an eye for playmaking and leaves it all out on the field.
The new Midfielder, Braun, had an outstanding performance last game powered by her control of the game, defensive skills, and ability to remain calm through the game.
During the 2019-2020 season a five game losing streak put Centennial at the bottom of the OCAA East Division. However, after a long wait and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, the team rebuilt its roster, as 15 of the 17 current players are newcomers.
The game against Loyalist kicks off at 7 p.m., and can be streamed here.