The St. Lawrence University women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 setback on Saturday, falling to host Nazareth College in double-overtime in Rochester, NY. The Saints, who were dealt their first loss of the season, fall to 4-1-1. Meanwhile, Olivia Derleth's goal in the 107th minute lifted the Golden Flyers to a 3-1-3 overall record.
"Today's game was a bit of a heartbreaker," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "Nazareth came at us hard and while we absorbed a lot of pressure we also had really quality chances. We were caught a bit off guard in the final moments of overtime but we did fight hard for the entire match. We will now rebound and focus our efforts into preparing for tomorrow's game."
St. Lawrence entered today's match-up outscoring its opponents 22-0, and established a new mark for consecutive shutouts in SLU women's soccer program history with its five previous victories this season.
In today's match-up, the teams were even throughout the first half with strong physical play in the midfield, and both had two solid opportunities to get on the board. In the 24th minute, Derleth fired a shot just shy of the far post for Nazareth. St. Lawrence's opportunity came a short time later on an offensive push when senior Brooke Hessney played a dangerous ball into the box that created a scramble in front of the net. Nazareth's Emily Van Gorder, however, cleared the ball away from the open net before the Saints could capitalize.
The Golden Flyers struck first in the second half when Elizabeth Howell hit a hard shot past first-year goalkeeper Kelsey West to put her team up 1-0. Less than five minutes later, senior captain Stephanie Sayward scored her fifth goal of the season. Hessney drove to the end line and served a driven ball to Sayward, who beat two defenders and put the ball past Nazareth's goalkeeper Abbie Carey to knot the game at 1-1.
Both teams continued their physical battle through the remainder of the second half to force two overtimes. Derleth's goal was a finished opportunity off a corner kick that gave the Golden Flyer's the 2-1 sudden-death victory.
Nazareth held advantages in shots (17-5) and corner kicks (6-3). West finished with six saves for the Saints, while Carey made four saves for the Golden Flyers.
St. Lawrence will conclude its weekend road series with a match-up against Elmira College tomorrow at 1:00pm before returning home next weekend with its Liberty League opener against Skidmore College.