Sophomore midfielder Emily DePoy's goal in the 16th minute proved to be the game-winner as the nationally-ranked #21 St. Lawrence University women's soccer team defeated SUNY Potsdam (2-4-1), 1-0, on Wednesday night. The Saints remain undefeated with a 6-0-1 mark heading into Saturday's matchup with SUNY Geneseo at Sandy MacAllaster Field at noon.
"I was very impressed with how disciplined Potsdam played defensively," said St. Lawrence Head Coach Franco Bari. "They were organized and kept good shape. While we were a bit frustrated at first, the team did a good job of problem solving and creating opportunities. We came out very hungry in the second half and the ball just wouldn't fall in for us."
DePoy scored her fourth goal of the season off one of St. Lawrence's seven corner kicks in the contest. Holly Wark launched a perfect corner to DePoy, who was in position to head the ball past Potsdam goalkeeper Lauren Haase for what proved to be the lone goal of the game.
The Saints nearly doubled the lead in the 51st minute as senior forward Erika Gobeille received a long pass in on the left side of the box. She fired to the right side of the goal, but the Bears goalkeeper Michaela Cole, who came in to relieve Haase, dove to her left and got a piece of the ball and was able to smother it before it crossed the line.
Though Potsdam struggled offensively to find the equalizer in the contest, its defensive was impressive as it diffused many of St. Lawrence's scoring opportunities. The Saints outshot the Bears 24-1 in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey West made a save on the only shot she faced to earn her second shutout of the season. Haase made two saves in the first half for the Bears, while Cole finished with seven in a scoreless final 45 minutes.