Hessney scores both as Saints edge Oswego 2-1 in women's soccer
Sophomore Brooke Hessney scored the go-ahead goal with 6:44 to play in regulation time to lift St. Lawrence University to a 2-1 NCAA Division III women's soccer victory over SUNY Oswego, snapping a four- game losing streak for the Saints.
Hessney had her first collegiate multi-goal game, scoring both of the Saint goals as SLU came from behind to improve to 8-6-0 on the season. The Saints had lost four straight, three of them by one goal, going into Tuesday's game at Sandy MacAllaster Field."We certainly didn't play our brand of soccer today, which may have been the result of a number of variables including the pressure of a losing streak and recovering from injuries," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "We were fortunate enough to get a positive result out of it and I am pleased with the team's effort today.
"Brooke Hessney did a fantastic job of getting on the end of services and the team did an excellent job of building the ball on the attack on both goals," Bari added.
Oswego took the lead at the 20:31 mark of the game when forward Nikki Liadka got to an errant pass by a Saint defender and beat SLU goalie Abby van Geldern to the ball as van Geldern came out of her net to try to break up the play. Liadka put her 12th goal of the season into the empty net for the early Laker lead.
The Saints tied it 6:15 later when Hessney collected a rebound of a shot by Steph Sayward and put it past Oswego goalie Toby Klein for her second of the year. Klein got her hands on Sayward's hard shot from the top of the box, but couldn't hold on and Hessney scored from point blank range.
The Saint sophomore scored her second collegiate game winner at 83:14, finishing off a great through pass by Elena Rogers by splitting two defenders and going in alone on goal.
The Saints had a 17-15 edge in shots on goal and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. First year goaltender Andrea Strauss earned the win in relief of starter van Geldern. Strauss made three second half saves and van Geldern had four in the first half. Klein had six saves for Oswego, now 5-8-0.