Elena Stansky scored on a header off a long pass 6:08 into overtime to lift Skidmore College to a 1-0 Liberty League women's soccer victory over St. Lawrence in Saratoga Springs on Friday.
Scoring opportunities were at a premimum in regulation with both defenses able to clean-up any dangerous chances. "I thought we came out with a lot of energy and did a very good job of generating opportunities and being dangerous. We also did an excellent job defensively in containing Skidmore. In the end they had a great opportunity and capitalized," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "We played very well, but unfortunately came away empty handed."
In the overtime, Skidmore's Catherine Kapustynski played a perfect long ball toward the back left corner of the box that Stansky headed past SLU keeper Abby van Geldern for the 1-0 win. It was Stansky's team-high fifth goal of the season and her second game-winner.
It was the third straight shutout loss for the Saints, now 7-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in league play while Skidmore improves to 6-3-2 overall and is 1-1-0 in the Liberty League.
Skidmore outshot the Saints 14-9 while SLU had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Both Saint goalie Abby van Geldern and Skidmore's Meghan Sleezer finished the game with five saves.
Stephanie Sayward led the Saints with three shots on goal, but SLU again had trouble finishing off some promising opportunities with shots either going just wide or saved by Sleezer.
The Saints will play at Union in a Liberty League game Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.