Dean lifts Bears Women's Soccer to 1-0 2OT victory in 2017 Boyd Jones Cup
CANTON, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (10-3-2) controlled the play from the outset, but it wasn't until the 107th minute that freshman forward Lexi Dean (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) gave the Bears a 1-0 victory at SUNY Canton in the 2017 Boyd Jones Cup. Sophomore goalie Karlee Burdick (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post) made three saves to earn the shutout in her first career start. The win was Potsdam's 10th of the season, tying the program single-season mark.
The Bears immediately put pressure the Kangaroos' defense. Potsdam earned three corner kicks before its first shot. At 9:30, junior midfielder Rylie Murray (Berkley Mich./Berkley) sent the third corner into play and Dean rang the post with a header. The Bears never relented and ended the first half with a 10-4 advantage in shots, but were still in a scoreless contest.The Bears allowed just a single shot in the second 45 minutes, while firing seven of their own. The teams were still tied after 90 minutes of play, despite a 17-5 Potsdam advantage in shots and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
In the 16:11 of overtime, the Roos were unable to test Burdick. Allison Wakefield stopped two shots in the first 10 minutes of overtime. In the second extra period, she turned aside a final one. The Bears only needed one more opportunity. At the 106:11 mark, senior forward Morgan Robbins (Cape Vincent, N.Y./Thousand Islands) moved the ball up the right side of the field and sent a cross left across the box to Dean, who ripped the ball up into the net.
Wakefield finished with 13 saves on the night. Potsdam outshot Canton 23-6 and had 10 corners to the Roos' three.
Potsdam is now 11-0-1 all-time against Canton dating back to 1987 and 7-0-1 in Jones Cup play.
The Bears return to SUNYAC play this weekend as they head to Western New York. Potsdam faces SUNY Fredonia at 3 p.m. on Friday and Buffalo State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.