Women's Soccer Edges Sacred Heart
Sep 1, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette led from the opening minute, held a 3-2 lead at halftime, and won by that margin in a victory over visiting Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon at Oaks Stadium. The win improved Lafayette to 2-0-0 on the year.
Thirty-three seconds was all the Maroon and White needed to secure control of the match as they took an early 1-0 lead for the second consecutive game. Like last week's contest against Manhattan when freshman Kaelin King put the Leopards up, classmate Joanna Scotti buried her attempt off an assist from Jaclyn Giordano. Giordano sent a pass inside the penalty area from the goal line and Scotti beat Pioneers' keeper Sydney Judkins to her left.
Less than 10 minutes later, Lafayette doubled its advantage when Nicole Lee spotted Alyssa Finelli in behind the Sacred Heart (1-3-0) defense. After controlling the feed, the junior netted her second goal of the year with a right-footed finish inside the far post. The Leopards' second tally came at 10:19, but the two-score cushion didn't last long.
Sacred Heart answered five minutes after Finelli's marker and pulled within a goal in the 16th minute. Marissa Christy received a pass from Dana Cosmedy on the far corner of the Lafayette 18-yard box and ripped a left-footed shot past Lafayette goalie Danielle Sedillo inside the near post.
In the 26th minute, Samantha Potoczak's cross found the head of King at the penalty spot and she directed it into far side netting past the outstretched arms of Judkins. King ran onto Potoczak's delivery and rose up over a defender after the sophomore sprinted down the left sideline and pulled the ball back to her right foot for a lofted ball into the center of the box. It was King's second goal of the year and Potoczak's first helper.
The high-scoring first half commenced when Sacred Heart drew within 3-2 in the final minute. Lindsay Jossick ran onto a through ball and put a shot on at the same time Sedillo came off her line to challenge the ball. The rebound bounced free and Jossick was the first to arrive, putting the ball in the empty goal.
"It's great to start the season 2-0," head coach Mick Statham said. "I thought we played really well in the first half, scoring three top quality goals, but we let them back into the game by conceding two soft ones."
The opportunities continued for each side in the first 15 minutes of the second half with both goalies coming up with crucial saves. Nicole Lee had a shot stopped by a sliding Judkins early on and then Sedillo erased a breakaway with a save on Kristin Verrette in the 58th minute.
From there the game settled down and the chances were limited as Lafayette held on for the 3-2 victory. Sacred Heart's best opportunity resulted from set pieces, one that was well defended by Caroline Craver's header in the 75th minute and another in the 83rd that Sedillo snagged out of the air.
"I thought we were much more resilient in the second half," Statham added. "It showed we can handle the pressure when we need to."
Each team recorded seven shots on goal and the Pioneers held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Sedillo finished with five saves, while Judkins turned away four shots.
Lafayette returns to the pitch in its first road test of the season on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. against Binghamton.
The victory was the first ever for Lafayette against Sacred Heart in three meetings.
Scotti and Sedillo each made their first career starts in a Lafayette uniform.