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Leopards Fall to Manhattan in Final Minutes

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  1 2 F
 Lafayette 0 1 1
 Manhattan 0 2 2
Box Score (PDF) | Box Score

 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 Man - McIlvenny PK 56:22
 LC - Finelli (2) Murray (1) 87:01
 Man - Schlauder Pfeiffer 87:36
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Smedley 90:00 2 5
 Man - Davis 45:00 0 3
 Man - Skonieczny 45:00 1 1


Box Score

- The Lafayette women’s soccer team finished on the losing end of a 2-1 decision on Friday evening as Manhattan answered Lafayette’s goal in the 88th minute with a score of its own less than a minute later.

After a scoreless first 45 minutes, a Jaspers’ penalty kick in the 57th minute put Manahattan on the scoreboard first. Lafayette rallied with three minutes to play when sophomore Alyssa Finelli scored her second goal of the season to tie the contest at 1-1. Just 35 seconds later Allison Pfeiffer’s corner led to Manhattan’s game-winning goal from Janie Schlauder, giving the home team a 2-1 victory.

Lafayette’s dramatic tying goal was the result of a service by Madison Murray on a corner kick. Finelli made her way to the front of the goal and put her head on the cross, which found the back of the net. The assist by Murray was the first of her career.

The Lafayette offense was led by freshmen Samantha Potoczak and Shannon Hartzell, and sophomore Alyssa Finelli, each recording two of Lafayette’s 11 shots. Schlauder led the Jaspers with three of the team’s 10 shots.

In goal, senior Lauren Smedley made her 57th career start, surpassing Ashley Wesmiller ’03 for most in program history. Smedley recorded five saves on the evening. For Manhattan, Kara Davis and Kristen Skonieczny split time in between the posts. Davis tallyied three saves and Skonieczny gave up the lone goal, and made one stop along the way.

“It was very disappointing to lose in the manor we did after getting the goal,” head coach Mick Statham said. “We should have dealt with the situation better and it cost us. Our concentration needs to improve.”

Lafayette continues its road trip on Sunday with a noon kickoff at Fairleigh Dickinson.

Game Notes:

Samantha Potoczak and Kelly Chickering each made their first career starts.

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