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Lafayette Edged by Fairleigh Dickinson

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  1 2 F
 Lafayette 0 0 0
 Fairleigh Dickinson 1 0 1
Box Score (PDF) | Box Score

 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 FDU - Goulet unassisted 16:09
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Smedley 90:00 1 3
 FDU - Dovale 90:00 0 1


Box Score

- The Lafayette women’s soccer team dropped its second straight road game after a 1-0 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday afternoon at University Stadium.

Early in the match, a nice buildup from the Lafayette defense sprung Jill Dozier, who ran onto a one-touch through ball from Nicole Lee, but the senior forward’s attempt from just outside the 18 was knocked to the sideline by FDU keeper Sage Dovale. 

Lauren Smedley’s first test in goal came in the 17th minute after a Lafayette foul gave the Knights a free kick in the center of the field 25 yards out. Amanda Goulet stood over the ball and fired a right-footed strike off the bottom of the crossbar and past Smedley, giving FDU a 1-0 lead. 

"We played hard today and lost to a very well struck goal," head coach Mick Statham said. "It was a tough weekend results-wise, but we had our chances. We have a good group who really care so we will bounce back. Also, big ups to Coach Tavani and the football team for such a big win last night."

With 17 minutes to play before intermission, FDU’s Rachel Hoekstra forced a defensive miscue and was in alone on the right side. With Smedley off her line, Hoekstra’s shot sailed wide of the far post for a Leopards’ goal kick.

The home team had another chance to score with two minutes left in the first half, but Smedley dove to her right and snagged Carly Tice’s shot from the top of penalty area. 

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Lafayette had a chance to even the score, but Anna Wissler’s shot was cleared away from the front of the FDU goal. The Leopards continued to apply pressure in the 70th minute when Nicole Brownell slid a pass to Laura Zito near the penalty spot, but the sophomore fired a shot over the crossbar. 

FDU held on to its 1-0 lead for the remainder of the contest, which included surviving a pair of Lafayette corners in the 80th minute, another in the 84th minute and one more with less than a minute to play. 

The Knights had a 9-5 advantage in shots, while Lafayette took two more corners. Smedley finished the day with three saves and Dovale made one.

Lafayette travels to Monmouth on Friday evening as it wraps up its three-game road trip. 

Game Notes:

Lafayette is now 0-3 all-time against FDU.

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