#21 Saints women's soccer, Knights draw in double OT
The nationally-ranked #21 St. Lawrence University women's soccer team and SUNY Geneseo battled to scoreless double overtime tie on Saturday afternoon at Sandy MacAllaster Field.
The Saints, who move to 6-0-2 on the season, got a career-high 11 saves performance out of senior goalkeeper Andrea Strauss for her third shutout of the season. Her counterpart, Geneseo's senior goalkeeper Julia Sanger was equally as impressive as she posted five saves, including stopping two one-on-one chances, to lead the Knights (2-3-2) to their third straight shutout."We definitely expected Geneseo to be a young, inspired, well-coached team," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "They proved to be dangerous and I did think our defensive play helped us prevent them from finishing. Our possession and combination play was very strong today and while we had many great opportunities in the 18, we just couldn't seem to finish. Overall it was a great game and I was pleased with our hard work and effort."
Much of the first half was played in the middle of the field with each team being unable to find seams in each other's defense. St. Lawrence had two one-on-one opportunities in the first half against Geneseo's Sanger, but Sanger challenged and deflected both shots for arguably her two best saves of the game, keeping the Saints off the board.
One of Geneseo's best opportunities in regulation came in the first half when Erin O'Connor took advantage of a misplayed ball by the St. Lawrence defense. Her bid from about 12 yards out ricocheted off of the right post.
Though St. Lawrence dominated the majority of the second half, it continued to struggle finding the back of the net. Among the missed chances was a shot off the post and a hard, close-range shot that skipped wide of the net.
Midway through the second half, SLU's Samantha Rock looked to put her team ahead as she gained a step on two defenders looking to breakaway. Geneseo's Meaghan Johnston and Alexa Wandy, however, recovered and muscled the ball away inside the 18 before Rock could get a shot off.
Geneseo's best opportunity to win the game was in the first overtime period as a ball was played over the Saints' defense to O'Connor. O'Connor took a left footed shot from just inside the 18 towards the right corner, but Strauss made a diving effort to get her finger tips on the ball and deflect it out of bounds.
Geneseo finished with a 22-14 advantage in shots, while St. Lawrence held a 5-4 edge in corners. The Knights will travel to Buffalo State on Sep. 27 for a match against the Bengals, while St. Lawrence will look to extend its unbeaten streak against #6 William Smith in its Liberty League home opener on Sept. 28.