Wellesley soccer celebrated its Senior Day in a dominating 6-0 win over Cedar Crest College on Saturday. The Blue outshot the Falcons 45-0, scoring one goal in the first 45 minutes and five in the second. Equally impressively, each of the six goals was accredited to a different player: Abigail Hess ’16, Darlene Dang ’16, Mary Lou Ferguson ’16, Sofia Diaz de Villegas ’17, Francesca Lapsley ’17 and Claire Cerda ’15.
“Everyone can make a contribution, and we’re proud of every player,” said Emily DiVito ’15. DiVito, a four-year starter from St. Petersburg, Florida, has played a big role in the Blue’s strong 7-2-2 start, the best outset the team has recorded in recent history.
Apart from this accomplishment, Saturday’s game provided an opportunity for Cerda, DiVito and Chloe Breider ’15 to reflect on their four years with the Wellesley soccer team.
For Breider and DiVito, a main takeaway in their experience is friendship.
“We’re a really close class, and we’ve been together for so long,” said tri-captain Breider. However, the two seniors agreed that, at the halfway mark in their regular season schedule and with their eyes on a NEWMAC championship, there’s still a lot to do before leaving the program.
As for Cerda, a tri-captain who was named NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this fall, Saturday’s win was particularly special. In the second half, the starting goalkeeper re-entered the game at forward, a rare sight for Blue soccer fans.
“It was a treat. It’s happened only a couple times in my career,” said Cerda. “I just want to contribute in every way possible, and in whatever way the team needs.”
After two attempts and with only 31 seconds remaining, Cerda recorded her first collegiate goal.
The Blue will next face a lineup of NEWMAC opponents beginning this Saturday at Wheaton.