Lady Penguins end season on bittersweet senior day

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments by

SAN RAFAEL, CA—The scene at Senior Day for the women’s soccer team was nothing short of magnificent. In front of the largest crowd of the semester, the Lady Penguins gave an unforgettable effort for the nearly 250 fans in attendance.

The team played a nail biter that went in to double overtime and ended in a 0-0 tie.

(photo/Dominican Athletics/Tai Sing-Hee) Senior Julianna Bratsberg has made a name for herself through her tireless work ethic and outstanding personality.

Before the game, the team honored the six members of the graduating class: Julianna Bratsberg, Alex Moran, Mary Wheeler, Emily Whitaker, Mallory Engelhardt, and Devan Weber.

This particular Senior Day was especially meaningful because they were together for all four years. In fact, Bratsberg had to redshirt in 2009, so she was actually a member of the team for five years.

The Lady Penguins were underdogs against a Point Loma team that came in to the match with a 9-3-2 record in conference.

Dominican was playing to finish above .500 in conference play, entering the day at 6-5-2 in conference.

While the team wished to send Bratsberg and her senior teammates out with a win, they were able to send them out with an effort that would make any Lady Penguin fan proud.

Bratsberg had multiple chances to break the tie, including one shot with two seconds left on the clock in the second and final overtime. It was chances like this that Bratsberg made a career out of, but she was just unable to finish this time.

(photo/Dominican Athletics/Kiel Crowley-Galvin) Junior goalkeeper Megan Herring kept the game close with her tremendous play in goal.

The real hero of the day for Dominican was junior keeper Megan Herring. She was able to keep a clean sheet between the posts in this, the final game of the season. The most impressive part of her performance was her 13 saves. There was no doubt the the consistency of Herring frustrated Point Loma, and without the staggering amount of saves she piled up, the Lady Penguins would not have come away with the well-earned draw.

With the tie, the Lady Penguins were able to reach the goal of keeping their record above .500, while finishing seventh in the league with a 6-5-3 record.

Sports, Women's Soccer

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Brian Sanchez is a senior Communications and Media Studies major at Dominican University of California with an emphasis on Sports Broadcasting. When he isn't broadcasting sports for Dominican University on he is writing about them. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to join The Habit in time to be a part of the launch of the web edition of the student newspaper. He hopes to cover all things Dominican to the best of his abilities and use that to land a job covering sports for a career after he graduates. It doesn't matter what sport or where, but his ultimate goal is to end up back in the bay area covering the teams he grew up watching.
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