CANTON -- Sophomore midfielder Emily DePoy scored two goals as the St. Lawrence University women's soccer team knocked off nationally-ranked #18 Cortland, 2-1, at Sandy MacAllaster field on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints improve to 1-0 on the season after defeating the Red Dragons for the first time since 2006.
St. Lawrence will host Wellesley tomorrow at noon, while Cortland will travel to Clarkson to take on the Golden Knights in day two of the North Country Classic.
"I was extremely pleased with the result today," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "Cortland has always produced a strong team and we knew it was important for us to work hard and play our game. Although we have a lot of work to do, this was an excellent start for us. The effort was strong, we moved the ball pretty well and produced a few great chances. We were able to go deeper to our bench than in years past, which really helped today."
DePoy's second goal of the game proved to the game winner as she launched a hard shot towards the net from about 40 yard out that bounced over Cortland goalkeeper Rachel Axt's head and into the goal.
The first half was slow for both teams, though St. Lawrence was able to take a 1-0 lead on a restart outside of the 18 yard box. Holly Wark served a high pass towards the far post where DePoy headed the ball into the net to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
The Red Dragons came out strong in the second half, putting constant pressure on the Saints' defense. Kelsey West and the Saints defense made several solid plays to maintain the 1-0 lead the majority of the second half.
Cortland was able to break through, though, in the 88th minute. Jessica McFadden sent a pass into the box that was batted around until it found the foot of Amanda Margolis. Margolis' shot went just inside the left post, past a diving West to even the score at 1-1.
Cortland had two solid opportunities that may have changed the result of the game. The first came in the opening stanza off a corner kick when Steph Shapiro got a piece of a deflected ball in front of the Saints goal. Her shot beat St. Lawrence's goalkeeper, but Laura Topf was there to clear the ball off the line.
In the second half, Kelly Knight took a hard shot from outside the 18 yard box that ricocheted off of the cross bar.