Comeback Falls Short for Women’s Soccer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Lafayette women’s soccer team never quit on Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island, cutting into a 2-0 deficit late in the second half. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t find an equalizer late as the Leopards fell by a 2-1 score.
It was an offensively-charged afternoon as the teams combined for 29 shots on the day, with 21 coming from the home side. Freshman Maggie Pohl and senior Kelly O’Brien kept the Leopards in it all day long, combining for seven saves on the afternoon. Lafayette falls to 2-3-1 on the year overall, while Brown improves to 4-2.
It was an early deficit for the Leopards as Celia Story got the scoring started. Abby Carchio found Mikela Waldman down the right side, who sent a cross in toward the box. Waldman’s cross found Story, who made no mistake with her finish for the 1-0 lead.
That was the lone goal of the first 45 minutes of action, but it took just seven minutes in the second half for Brown to double its lead. The home offense was able to work Waldman open inside the 18-yard box and her finish was true for the 2-0 advantage.
Lafayette kept coming though, and finally broke through in the 77th minute. Freshman Rebecca Schreiner hit junior Katie Brannigan down the middle, whose through-ball found sophomore Alexa Buffa in the box with just the keeper to beat. Buffa slotted it past Brown goalie Christine Etzel and into the back of the net to cut it to 2-1.
That was the only offense the Leopards could muster over the final 13 minutes, though, as the clock ran out the comeback effort.
Next up for the Maroon and White is the beginning of Patriot League play on Saturday, hosting Bucknell at 3 p.m.