The nationally-ranked No. 21 St. Lawrence University women's soccer team rallied for a 2-1 victory in its first road test of the 2013 season on Friday at SUNY Plattsburgh. Senior Erika Gobielle had the tying goal and assisted on classmate Julia Friesen's game-winner, while senior Andrea Strauss made six saves in net to earn the victory.
St. Lawrence, now 3-0 for the first time since 2008, finished with a 13-10 edge in shots thanks to 10 in the second half. The Saints also had a 7-2 lead in corners in the contest.
"Although we started the game fairly slow, it did take some time to adjust to the turf and our first away contest," said Saints' head coach Franco Bari. "Plattsburgh came out very hard and certainly earned a quality goal. I was very proud of how we came out in the second half, as the team played with desire and worked hard to get the result we were looking for."
Plattsburgh had the better of the play in the first half, owning a 4-3 advantage in shots which led to a 1-0 lead with only 1:50 left in the opening half. Emily LaLone put the visitors up by chipping a shot over Strauss from outside the box at 43:10 for her first goal of the season.
St. Lawrence would regroup in the second half and strike twice in a span of 2:46 to take the lead at 2-1. Gobielle tapped in a rebound off a shot from Nyssa LaClair in the 56th minute for her first of the season to tie the score at 1-1. Friesen then took advantage of a misplayed ball by Plattsburgh keeper Charisse Abellard, finishing in the 59th minute for her first of the year. Gobielle was credited with a helper on the tally.
Plattsburgh would pressure the Saints in the final minutes, but Strauss turned back Cassidy Clavet and Cammey Keyser and stopped Heather Marko's bid in the final minute to secure the 2-1 come-from-behind win. Her six saves were two ahead of Abellard's total for the Cardinals.
St. Lawrence will look to remain unbeaten tomorrow, Saturday, September 7 when the Saints square off with SUNY Oswego at 1:00pm in Plattsburgh, NY.