CSM fall sports off to slow start
Wins few and far between for Hawks
While the College of Southern Maryland fall sports teams all headed into the season with ample optimism, wins have been difficult to attain for the four teams currently competing.
The CSM women’s soccer team (2-3 overall, 1-2 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference) won its first two matches before being defeated in its last three.
The Hawks opened with a 6-0 win over Patrick Henry (Va.) on Aug. 30 behind three goals from Tamara Johnson (a White Plains resident) and two more from Karleigh Cohen (a Grace Christian Academy graduate from White Plains) and then edged Cecil on Sept. 11, 3-1, as Kerra Buerger (a California, Md. resident) scored twice and Cohen added another goal.
But in each of their last three outings, CSM has been outscored by a combined 16-1 margin. The Hawks were blanked by Mercer County (N.J.) on Sept. 15, 6-0, then suffered a 3-1 defeat against Hagerstown on Sept. 19 as Cohen scored the team’s lone goal with less than five minutes remaining to avoid being blanked for a second straight contest. CSM fell to Howard, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hawks were scheduled to play at CCBC-Catonsville on Thursday and will next play at home versus CCBC-Essex at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The CSM men’s soccer team (1-5, 1-4) has been outscored 28-4 through its first five matches and managed only one win along the way, a 1-0 victory over Cecil on Sept. 11.
Nicholas Krisko, a Huntingtown High School graduate from Huntingtonw who scored the Hawks’ first goal of the season in a 7-1 loss to Northern Virginia on Sept. 5, tallied the game-winner three minutes into the second half off an assist from Nicholas McManhan (a La Plata High School gradute from Charlotte Hall) and goalies Brian King (a Patuxent High School graduate from Lusby) and Hunter Vanzandt (a Brandywine resident) combined for seven saves in the shutout.
But in three matches since, CSM was trounced 7-1 by Hagerstown on Sept. 18 as Nathaniel Morrison (a Leonardtown resident) tallied the only goal on an assist from Nicholas Stewart (a Huntingtown High School from Huntingtown), then was blanked 3-0 by Prince George’s Community College on Sept. 21 in the first meeting against former coach, Tony Galeano, now in his first year at the helm of the Owls.
On Wednesday, CSM lost to Howard, 6-1, as Miles Payton (a La Plata High School graduate from La Plata) scored the Hawks’ lone goal off an assist from Ethan Carpenter (a Leonardtown High School graduate from Leonardtown).
CSM is scheduled to host Allegany at 4 p.m. today, then host CCBC-Essex at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The CSM volleyball team (0-7, 0-6) remains in quest of its first win of the season and thus far the Hawks have been swept in five of their first seven matches.
CSM took one set from from Harford on Tuesday after being swept by Potomac State (W.Va.) a day earlier.
“What we realized is that we play a lot better when we’re having fun and joking around with each other,” said CSM freshman middle blocker Katelyn Kluh, a La Plata High School graduate from La Plata. “We’re basically a new team and we’re still learning about each other, but that’s one thing we’ve already learned is that we can play better if we’re relaxed. Winning that one set on Tuesday was a big relief and a big confidence booster for us.”
Tuesday’s setback came despite 16 kills from Zaiera Duckett (a Calvert High School
graduate from Port Republic) and six kills and 15 digs from Reagan Tuiasosopo (a North Point High School graduate from Waldorf). Also, Samantha
Rerig (a Calvert High School graduate from St. Leonard) had 17 set assists and Alyssa Wilson (a Huntingtown High School graduate from Huntingtown) had 17 digs.
CSM was scheduled to host Frederick on Thursday evening and next will play Sunday at Montgomery College in the
The CSM cross country team currently consists of Jeremy McGraw (a Huntingtown High School graduate from Huntingtown) and Raymond McLead (a Thomas Stone High School graduate from Waldorf) for the men and Sierra Walker (a North Point High School from
Waldorf) for the women.
Thus far, CSM has competed in two meets, the Shannon Henretty Invitational at Stevenson University on Sept. 8 and the Hornet Harrier/Commonwealth Challenge on Sept. 22 in Virginia.
“I thought I ran well,” said McGraw, who will run Oct. 6
in the Goucher Cross Country Classic. “The course is really tough with a lot of hills. The first course we ran was pretty flat, but last weekend was a lot harder. I tr y to get out four days each week and run through the park near my house and that keeps me in shape.”