Early Scoring Sparks Women’s Soccer at Del State
DOVER, Del. – The Lafayette women’s soccer team jumped all over Delaware State on the road on Friday evening, scoring three goals in the opening 10 minutes to cruise to a 3-1 victory in Dover, Del.
Senior co-captain Gabrielle Lassinger opened up the scoring in the seventh minute, while junior Katie Brannigan added another just 1:41 later. Then, after a little over two minutes, senior co-captain Rebekka Arnthorsdottir got in on the action making it 3-0 just 9:57 into the game. The Hornets added their goal in the 66th minute, but it was all they could put on the board in the Leopards’ 3-1 victory.
The win pushes the Maroon and White back into the win column for the season with an overall record of 2-1. With the loss, Delaware State falls to 0-6 to open its 2017 campaign.
Playing the majority of the first half in the home defensive third, the Leopards earned a corner in the seventh minute that led to the opening goal. Junior co-captain Gabrielle Martone sent a service toward the box that was flicked on by freshman Sophie Saldivar. Saldivar’s header found Lassinger in prime position to beat Hornets’ goalkeeper Leslie Fazio for the 1-0 lead.
Then, less than two minutes later, Martone set up another goal, this time to Brannigan. Martone was able to find her teammate in close with just Fazio to beat and Brannigan made no mistake, doubling the lead for the Maroon and White.
The Leopards’ final goal of the early fury came at the 9:57 mark. Working down the right side of the field and finding space just above the right corner of the 18-yard box, Arnthorsdottir fired a shot across the face of goal, beating Fazio into the left top corner for the comfortable 3-0 advantage.
The Hornets earned and converted a penalty kick past senior goalkeeper Kelly O’Brien midway through the second half, but there wasn’t much there for the home side during the run of play as Lafayette’s defense was stout for 90 minutes.
Delaware State put just two of its seven shots on goal, one being from the penalty spot and the other an O’Brien save. Lafayette finished with six shots, but put four of them on goal and three in the back of the net. Corners were 8-3 in favor of the Maroon and White.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to Villanova on Sunday for a battle with the Wildcats at 1 p.m.