Women’s soccer makes unbeaten start


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Four Gaels have scored their first collegiate goals so far this season.

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor

The Iona women’s soccer team has made an unbeaten start to the season, currently boasting a 4-0-2 record.  

The Gaels have a .833 record and are on a hot four-game winning streak after wins against Delaware State University, St. Francis Brooklyn, Lafayette College and Wagner College.  

Iona began their season against Holy Cross on August 18, which finished in a 0-0 draw. The team also tied their next game 2-2 away against Colgate University with goals from freshman Brooke Delsignore- her first collegiate goal- and sophomore Kedarjah Lewis, enough to earn a draw for the Gaels after they fell behind 2-0.  

The Gaels then earned their first win of the season with a 5-1 victory against Delaware State. This was a goal fest with Lewis, Samantha Hogan, Kate McNally, Mackenzie Albert and Gabby Dellocono as the scorers.  

Albert and Dellocono followed Delsignore’s lead by scoring their first collegiate career goals in the 5-1 victory.  

Iona then made it two wins on the bounce with another away win against St. Francis Brooklyn where they were victorious 3-1.  

Sofia Banegas got her first collegiate goal and a goal apiece for Faith Preziosi and Lewis were enough to sink the Terriers.  

The Gaels then made it three wins in a row in their home opener against Lafayette with a 2-1 victory.  

Preziosi and Lewis scored again, with both goals coming in the second half after the Gaels fell behind in the first half but went on to win the match.  

The latest victory for the Gaels came away from home against Wagner. Iona won a tight game 1-0 with another Preziosi goal, her third of the season.  

“So far we’re off to a good start,” said Lewis. “This season feels a little more intense than last season, but we are up for the challenge. The team is working well together; practices are quality and fun.” 

Iona was selected tied-fifth in the MAAC Preseason coaches’ poll with Marist College. The Gaels received 70 points in the voting with Quinnipiac University tipped to be first with 116 points and 10 first place votes, Niagara University second with 99, Fairfield University with 96 and Siena College with 81 as the top four schools.  

Three Gaels were tipped for the preseason All-MAAC team: sophomore Kedarjah Lewis and graduates Mackenzie Meixner and Faith Preziosi.  

“Based off the hard work that I’ve seen during preseason and our games so far we should have some more wins under our belt and you guys will get to see a hard-working team that will fight to the end of every game as we hope to make the playoffs and beyond,” said Lewis.  

Next up for the Gaels is a home match at Mazzella Field against Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 8, before they begin a four-game home streak.  

MAAC play will begin on Sept. 17 for the Gaels as they kick off with a home match against Saint Peter’s University.  

The MAAC Championships first round will be played on Oct. 30 with the Gaels hoping to make the postseason for the third year in a row.