Justison, vanGeldern lead Saints to upset of Hamilton in women's soccer
Marcelle Justison scored one goal and assisted on the other and goalkeeper Abby vanGeldern made 14 saves as St. Lawrence University's women's soccer team upset Hamilton College 2-1 in a Liberty League game at Sandy MacAllaster Field Sunday afternoon.
The Saints, 10-7 overall and 3-4-0 in the Liberty League, handed the Continentals just their second loss of the season. Hamilton, ranked seventh regionally, is now 8-2-3 overall and 4-2-1 in league play.The Saints made some adjustments at halftime offensively to get the comeback win. Hamilton outshot the Saints 11-3 in the first half and scored the game's first goal when sophomore forward Alex Rimmer scored her ninth of the year, taking a cross from senior Katie Lyons and putting the ball into the middle of the net from point blank range at 32:51. Goalkeeper vanGeldern kept the Continentals off the board the rest of the way, making a career-high 14 saves for the win.
"We made some critical adjustments at the half that we needed to make for greater offensive success," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "I thought the players responded very well to the adjustments to bring about a positive result. Today's game was about persistence and perseverance. After losing to William Smith in double overtime on Saturday and being down 1-0 to Hamilton on Sunday, the team did an outstanding job of working hard to get the result we were looking for."
St. Lawrence tied the game at the 54:20 mark as Justison crossed the ball in the box to sophomore Brook Hessney, who scored her fourth of the season with a shot to the right corner to make it a 1-1 game.
Kristina Peso started the game-winning play with a run up the side and a cut into the box. She crossed the ball to the center where it bounced off a Hamilton defender and out to Justison at the top of the box. The junior forward put her third goal of the year in off the crossbar at 77:02 to give the Saints a 2-1 lead.
Both teams had additional scoring chances in the final 13 minutes of play with vanGeldern coming up big on a shot by Sarah Lasker with 11 minutes to go and Hamilton's Liza Gergente making a big save on a point-blank bid by Alex Troli with 3:35 to play.
Hamilton outshot the Saints 25-9 in the game as Gergente finished with four saves. The Continentals had four corner kicks to none for the Saints.