Vassar tips women Saints in soccer Liberty League opener, 2-1
Senior forward Carolyn Demougeot scored her fifth goal of the season off a corner kick with just under 20 minutes to play in regulation time and Vassar College made it stand up for a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence in the 2010 Liberty League opener for both teams at SLU's Sandy MacAllaster Field Friday afternoon.
Demougeot was left unchecked in the middle as Elysa Greenberger sent a corner kick into the box from the left corner. Demougeot controlled the ball and snapped it back inside the left post for the game winning goal at 70:36 as Vassar improved to 6-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in league play.St. Lawrence, which had a four game winning streak snapped and is now 6-2-0, 0-1-0, came back from an early 1-0 deficit after Vassar sophomore Keiko Kurita scored her first goal of the season on a header off a corner kick from Greenberger just 8:52 into the game.
The Saints tied it up at 16:31 as junior Elena Rogers scored her second of the season after a Saint corner kick at 16:31. Katherine Polido served the ball into the box and while Rogers' first shot was blocked, she got her own rebound and put it past Vassar goalie Lexi Hutton to tie it at 1-1.
"That was a tough one for us today," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "Vassar did a great job of capitalizing on its restart opportunities and we were just a little off today and couldn't get to passes or balls that we usually get to. Our goal was a strong one and initially helped up build some momentum, but we couldn't keep it going.
"The team put in a good effort today and we need to put this one behind us and move on and prep for Saturday's game against RPI," Bari added.
Hutton finished with two saves for the Brewers and also made a number of big plays to break up potential scoring chances, outracing Saint forwards to the ball. SLU goalkeeper Abby van Geldern made three saves for the Saints.
Vassar had a 11-7 overall edge in shots and had six corner kicks to two for the Saints.
SLU will host RPI at 2 p.m. on Saturday while Vassar will play at Clarkson to complete the opening weekend of Liberty League play.