Canton, NY – The SUNY Canton women's soccer team came back from a one-goal deficit but fell just short in double overtime, 2-1, Sunday afternoon against visiting SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). The win improves the Mighty Oaks to 7-0-2, while the loss drops the Kangaroos to 5-6-0.
Neither team had many scoring opportunities in the opening 45 minutes as the teams combined for just five total shots, only two of which were on goal (one each). The teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.
SUNY ESF, who is undefeated and ranked fourth in the most recent United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) poll, got on the board first in the 51st minute when Heather Carl corralled a loose ball outside the box and beat the defense with some nifty moves. She launched a shot in traffic from the right side and placed the ball just inside the left post for the 1-0 lead.
The Roos, ranked 16th in the USCAA poll, were quick to respond just four minutes later. Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) took a corner kick from the left side finding Melissa Campoverde (Forest Hills, NY) in the middle of the box. She headed the ball toward the far post where Katlyn Hart (Harrisville, NY) collected the pass and played a quick cross to Jade Sayward (Willsboro, NY) who found the back of the net to tie the match at one apiece.
SUNY Canton had a chance to take the lead with 15 minutes left when a ball ricocheted down the right sideline and Hart fired a shot at Oak keeper Olivia Gagliardi. Gagliardi stopped the shot and was able to control the rebound. Neither team had many other great opportunities for the game-winner as the match headed to overtime.
There was only one shot in the first 10 minute extra session, coming from the Oaks that was turned aside by Roo keeper Brittany Rotach (Brasher Falls, NY). Just 24 seconds into the second overtime period SUNY ESF earned a corner kick and the Mighty Oaks made it count. Carl took the kick from the right corner and found Susan Fassler cutting right in front of net where she put it home for the game-winner.
SUNY Canton held an 8-7 shots advantage in the contest as both teams earned four corner kicks. Rotach made three saves for the Roos, while Gagliardi stopped three shots for the Mighty Oaks.
The women's soccer team has a busy week as it hosts two more home contests. The Roos take on Clarkson University Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. before a 3:00 p.m. tilt Wednesday with Johnson State College.