The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team showcased its' resiliency, but another slow start cost the Bears as it dropped a 4-2 decision at Elmira College on Sunday afternoon.
Potsdam (1-3) found themselves in a 0-2 hole after the initial 22 minutes of the match and fought their way back into it with a pair of goals by sophomore Summer Bader (Atlanta, Ga. /Lakeside) on assists from freshmen Kaylen Van Wagner (Red Hook, N.Y. /Hotchkiss) and Hailey Hollenbeck (Hudson, N.Y. / Hudson).
The Soaring Eagles (2-1) had an answer each time though as it was backed by goals from four different scorers in Mollie Hamilton, Caitlyn Crisuolo, Kimi Girmus and Meagan Fullen.
"I thought we had a chance to tie the game, but then we allowed a soft goal," said third-year Potsdam coach Mark Misiak. "We're notorious for starting slow. As a coaching staff, we've got to a find a way. If you have a bad 20 minutes, it can make for a bad day at the office. I wish we could find a quick remedy."
Potsdam got on the board in the 38th minute on a header by Bader from about 12 yards away from the net. It was set up on a free kick beyond 35 yards away from Van Wagner, who notched her second assist on the season.
"Kaylen got a great ball," coach Misiak said. "She's so good at that. She's definitely the focal point of our set piece."
Despite falling back to a two-goal deficit in the 80th minute, the Bears were not done in attempting their comeback.
Potsdam registered its' second goal in the 86th minute on a partial breakaway when Hollenbeck found Bader between the back defensive line who booted it off the outstretched hands of Elmira goaltender Amanda Banner. Banner attempted to corral it, but instead it tipped off her fingers and into the top of the net.
"Summer [Bader] is starting to show herself as an attacking threat," Misiak said. "Summer scored a great goal to get us back to 2-1 and then scored again to cut the lead to 3-2. She put herself in the right spots. She's able to really compete for ball in the air, outwork people and jump the highest."
Pointing to the positives, coach Misiak was encouraged that the team did not give up and that they continued to work to create scoring opportunities.
"We were within touching distance, for sure, to tie it at 2-2," he added. "Even when it was 3-2, I thought we still had a chance."
Van Wagner led the team in shot attempts with six while sophomore midfielder Jess Sterns (Henrietta, N.Y. / Rush-Henrietta) and Bader each took two shots.