Women' s Soccer Falls 2-1 in Overtime to Fordham
Sept. 7, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - On Wednesday, the Lafayette women's soccer team earned an overtime win over Wagner. On Friday night, overtime wasn't so nice to the Leopards, as Fordham scored an overtime goal in the 104th minute to earn a 2-1 victory over Lafayette.
The Rams clinched the game in the 104th minute when Katie Sanchez dribbled down the left sideline and found the corner of the net, past Erdman to give Fordham the win.
An evenly-played opening 15 minutes saw Lafayette goalkeeper Mary Kate Erdman tested with two distant Ram shots. Fordham notched a dangerous attack with 35 minutes left in the opening half, with several touches inside the Lafayette six-yard box before being cleared by the Leopard defense.
Lafayette countered with two corner kicks of its own during the time, registering one shot on goal.
A midfield battle ensued in the following 10 minutes before the Rams began a counter attack into the Lafayette zone. Erdman was forced to come off the line to make a diving save.
The Fordham pressure finally paid off with 24 minutes left in the half, as Katie McDermott used a rebound off an Erdman save into the lower left half of the net to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
A Leopard corner with just over 16 minutes in the half was served into the box by junior Lauren Hinkel and was on track to tie the score at 1 before a Ram defender headed the ball out of trouble. Lafayette controlled the final 10 minutes of the half, earning two corner kicks and several opportunities before intermission.
Erdman was tested with 11 shots in the opening half, making five saves.
The second half started with each team's exchanging chances. A Lafayette attack was responded with a run from Fordham forward Katie Sanchez, who took a few touches in the box before sending the ball over the net with 37 minutes remaining in the game.
Then, with 32 minutes left in regulation, a hustle play by freshman Stephanie Bereday forced a Leopard corner kick. Hinkel served the corner kick into the box and found the right foot of Caroline Tuttle who sent the ball into the back of the Fordham goal to tie the game at one.
The Leopard momentum continued as they pressed the Fordham backfield again with 21 minutes remaining. Tuttle initiated a Ram foul about 25 yards away from the goal. Tuttle sent the kick over the head of Fordham goalkeeper Jen Byer, but deflected off the top crossbar and out of trouble.
Adding to the see-saw battle, Fordham responded again. A shot from 30-yards out was deflected by Erdman and bounced over the right goalpost to keep the score knotted at one.
Erdman tallied six saves on the evening for Lafayette, while Byer notched five for the Rams.
"I'm disappointed with the result, but not with the performance," head coach Mick Statham said. "I think the team played well enough to win and perhaps deserved a little bit more, but you don't always get what you deserve in this game. However, I'm very encouraged with what I saw. My dad would have been proud of the spirit the team played in."
Lafayette will use the next week to prepare for a trip to Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on Long Island Univ. next Friday, Sept. 14. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.