Lights go out at Kathy Zolad Stadium as soccer season ends

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Photo courtesy of Kayla Mutchler

Kathy Zolad Stadium, West Haven.

Joe Klaus, Sports Editor

After COVID-19 canceled the 2020 soccer season at Kathy Zolad Stadium, it was this same stadium in which the Blue and Gold returned for their 2021 campaigns. Fans returned to the bleachers and were able to see both the highs and lows for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

The men finished seventh in the conference and clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2010 while posting their first winning season since 2000. The Blue and Gold’s success didn’t stop there as they finished third in the conference in goals scored, posting 38. Striker Pau Santanch completed his rookie season, posting 16 goals which led the NE-10 and is set to return for the 2022 season. Freshmen Themis Kastoris finished the season in net for the Blue and Gold making 59 saves on the year which placed him fourth in the conference. Both Kastoris and Santanach highlight a team returning for next season after the Blue and Gold only graduated five members of the program. The Chargers dropped their quarterfinal matchup against second-ranked American International College 3-2 in the quarterfinals to cap off their season.

On the other side of the pitch, the women took the field for their final match. They hosted the College of Saint Rose Golden Knights on Senior Night, where the Blue and Gold honored their five seniors. After the opening weekend tournament, the Chargers jumped out to a 3-0 start on the year. Once conference play started, the team struggled, picking up only one more victory on the year on the road at Saint Michael’s College. The Chargers finished the year at the bottom of the table with a 4-12-1 record. Paige Davis picked up her 356th save, which moved her into third place all-time in saves for the Blue and Gold. The women graduated five but will return with an abundance of youth in seven freshmen and 15 sophomores who all have great experience in game situations. As the lights go out at Kayo Field and another season turns to stats, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams made their memories and created a foundation to build off of for the 2022 season.