Giordano Nets Overtime Winner Against UMBC
Sept. 25, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Jaclyn Giordano's right-footed finish inside the post sent Lafayette to victory as the Leopards blanked UMBC 1-0 in overtime on Wednesday night at Oaks Stadium. The junior striker delivered the game-winner in the 98th minute off an assist from classmate Alyssa Finelli.
With the Leopards (4-3-1) controlling the overtime session, Finelli got her head on a cross and flicked it on to Giordano at the top of the penalty area. Giordano settled the ball with a quick turn and immediately slotted a shot past the outstretched arms of UMBC keeper Lauren Kadet.
"Tonight was a very good night for us as a team," head coach Mick Statham said. "It was a real team-based win and that's what we're striving for. There were a lot of good performances, but in the overtime the midfielders' application was excellent and Jaclyn's finish was top class."
UMBC (5-3-2) captured the game's first quality scoring chance in the opening minutes after earning a corner kick. Melissa Hummel sent the service into the heart of the penalty area where Nikki Boretti rose up and headed it toward the Leopards' goal. The attempt struck the crossbar and bounced back into play where Lafayette eventually cleared it away from danger.
Lafayette's first corner resulted in a valuable opportunity for the home side after Kaelin King did well to knock the ball off her defender and over the end line. Avery Jackson's ensuing in-swinging cross forced Kadet to push it away before Kelly Boyce's second attempt missed high.
Each team had shots in the closing minutes before intermission, but failed to direct their efforts on target as the half ended without a goal.
With the game still locked at 0-0, the Leopards best chance to score up until that point came on another corner kick in the 67th minute. Allie Torru's cross went into the center toward the edge of the six-yard box on the near post where Finelli headed it in between a group of bodies, but Kadet dove to her right to stop the ball from crossing the line.
Minutes later King found herself inside the area after collecting a long pass from Boyce. After a move allowed her to get past the defender, the freshman ripped a right-footed strike on goal, but Kadet was there again to make the save.
With less than six minutes to play UMBC hit the bar again, this time it nicked off the top and continued over. A through ball by Meg Kowalski was sent through the Leopards' back line where Paige Preston ran onto it and poked it past Danielle Sedillo who came out to challenge. Preston played a pass back to Amanda Dailey, who took a touch and fired the shot off the top of the crossbar.
From there the Leopards and Retrievers went into overtime after a scoreless 90 minutes. Midway through the first overtime, Giordano poked a through ball just wide as Kadet was quick off her line to contest the shot. Giordano's opportunity was a sign of things to come as she netted the game-winning goal two minutes later.
Kadet finished with four saves for UMBC, while Sedillo made one in goal for the Leopards. The visitors held a slim 13-12 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in corners. The clean sheet was the third for Sedillo in her career.
Lafayette returns to the field on Saturday when it picks up Patriot League play against Navy. Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is slated for 3 p.m.
Lafayette leads the all-time series against UMBC 1-0-1.
Giordano's goal was her second of the year.