Leopards Earn 1-1 Draw in Return to Oaks
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s soccer team battled with Binghamton for 110 minutes on Thursday evening at Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium, ultimately walking away with a 1-1 draw.
Freshman Sophie Saldivar was the goal-scorer for the Maroon and White, her first career tally in her fifth collegiate game. Off a corner service in the 61st minute by junior co-captain Gabrielle Martone, Saldivar found an opportune ball at her feet through a scrum and didn’t miss her chance, depositing it in the back of the net.
Binghamton answered just over 10 minutes later when Chloe Tracy found Kayla Saager at the top left corner of the 18-yard box. Saager turned and fired a laser into the left side of the net past Leopards’ senior goalkeeper Kelly O’Brien to knot the game at 1-1. From then on, neither was able to find the winner in a fair draw.
“I think it was a game of two halves. We controlled the tempo in the first half, but they controlled the second. Both overtimes were pretty even, so I think after 110 minutes, a tie is probably a fair score,” head coach Mick Statham said. “It was hard fought and both teams were tested in a variety of ways.”
The draw keeps the Maroon and White at .500 on the year overall, carrying a 2-2-1 record, while Binghamton moves to 4-1-2 on the young season. O’Brien was the keeper of record, moving to 1-0-1 with five saves in 65:00 of action. Freshman goalkeeper Maggie Pohl did not have to make a save in her 45:00 of play.
The first half was one of tremendous offensive pressure by Lafayette, picking apart the Binghamton defense, but just not finishing in the attacking third. A pair of one-time volleys from juniors Alex Stanford and Katie Brannigan sailed just wide over the first 10 minutes, while Binghamton goalie Katie Hatziyianis shut down a Stanford 1v1 opportunity in the 21st minute.
A cross from sophomore Mason Worthington set up the Leopards’ final chance of the half in the 43rd minute. Freshman Rebecca Schreiner got on the other end of it and her shot forced a diving point-blank save from Hatziyianis to keep the game knotted into the break.
Following the two goals, it was a pair of Lafayette defensive plays that allowed the game to move into extra time.
In the 74th minute, Binghamton’s Ryan Reilly found room down the left side of the field and all alone with just O’Brien to beat in the box. The Leopards’ net-minder charged strong and was able to get a hand on the close-in shot, sending it out of harm’s way.
Then, with less than a minute to go in regulation, senior co-captain Gabrielle Lassinger came through with arguably the biggest play of the game. Saager found space in the box and chipped a shot over the charging O’Brien destined for the back of the net. Instead, Lassinger raced back and rescued the ball off the line to keep the game-winner off the board.
Neither team was able to get much going in the extra session as two 10-minute periods provided just three total shots and none all that threatening. Instead, both teams were comfortable seeing out the 1-1 draw. Binghamton led in shots by a 16-11 total and corners, 8-3.
Next up for the Maroon and White is a road trip once again, traveling to Providence, R.I. for a meeting with Brown on Sunday at noon.