The St. Lawrence University women's soccer team bounced back from Saturday's overtime loss with a 3-2 victory over Elmira College on Sunday in a non-conference match-up in Elmira, NY. The Saints improve to 5-1-1 on the season and were led by senior captain Stephanie Sayward, junior Julia Friesen and first-year student Emily DePoy, who each scored a goal. The Soaring Eagles scored twice in the second half, but their come-back bid fell short as they move to 1-4-1.
"The team played well today," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "Our tempo was good at times and the team made great decisions entering the attack. We had a lot of quality chances and while we had a hard time finishing, all three goals were really nice. We still have a few things to sort out before we start up conference play, but I am pleased with where we are at and the team's performance at this point in the season."
St. Lawrence opened the scoring in the 14th minute on a corner kick. DePoy served a ball that was tapped out by Elmira's goalkeeper Megan Lowe, but sophomore Mackenzie Collins was there to hit the ball back into the box to Friesen, who one-touched it towards the far post where Sayward headed it into the net for her fifth goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, first-year student Adriana Morra fed a pass through to Friesen, who scored her fifth of the season on a sliding shot into the lower left corner.
Both teams had several solid chances over the next 55:00 minutes, but neither could capitalize. For St. Lawrence, Collins carried the ball in from the right side and dumped it to a centering Friesen, but Lowe made a diving save on Friesen's shot to rob the Saints of the opportunity. Junior captain Corinne Werner hit the crossbar on the ensuing play that created a scramble in front, but the Soaring Eagles' defense cleared the ball before the Saints could get a piece of it.
Elmira's Emily Karpinski was able to finish on an opportunity in the 71st minute to cut the Saints' lead to 2-1. She dribbled the ball down the right side and hit a shot from 24 yards out that went over St. Lawrence first-year goalkeeper Kelsey West's head into the far back corner.
Less than two minutes later, DePoy responded in the similar fashion when she fired a shot from the same distance that beat Lowe top right to put St. Lawrence up 3-1.
Elmira cut into the lead again in the 76th minute to bring the home team to within one when Janine Swanson dribbled the ball in towards the St. Lawrence goal and hit the ball past a challenging West. St. Lawrence, however, was able to hang on for the remainder of the half to earn the 3-2 victory.
The Saints finished with advantages in shots (22-12) and corner kicks (7-1). West earned the win with four saves, while Lowe suffered the loss with eight saves on the day.
St. Lawrence will host Skidmore College on Saturday, Sept. 22 in its Liberty League opener. The match-up is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm.