Erdman's Eight Second-Half Saves Lead Lafayette to 3-1 Win over Iona
Sept. 27, 2004
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Freshman goalkeeper Mary Kate Erdman collected eight saves in goal and classmate Jillian Maggiacomo netted the game-winner in the 78th minute as Lafayette turned back Iona, 3-1, in non-league women's soccer action on Monday.
Erdman, making just her second collegiate start, repeatedly turned back a relentless Iona (4-5-1) offensive push. Along with her eight saves, all of which came in the second half, Erdman made numerous other plays in the box to snuff out Iona attacks.
The Leopards (3-6), fielding a starting lineup that featured six freshmen, ended a four-game skid with the win.
Freshman Caroline Tuttle put the Leopards on the board first, scoring her team-leading fourth goal in the 31st minute. Brittany Downham played a lead pass to Tuttle, who let the ball hit the ground once, then one-timed it past the Iona keeper from just outside the box.
Tuttle's goal stood up until the 77th minute, when Iona's Emily Martin evened the score. Martin got a touch on a ball that was rattling around in the box, and her shot spun away from a diving Erdman and into the left corner of the net.
Maggiacomo collected the game-winner just 71 seconds later. Kelli McMahon's crossing pass made it through the box untouched, and Maggiacomo lined up a shot from the left side, beating the keeper to the far post.
Alison Hingley's second goal of the season at 84:44 put the game away. Maggiacomo played a through ball to Hingley, who was one-on-one with the keeper and fired a shot into the right side of the net.
Erdman had a little help in earning her first collegiate win. In the 25th minute, the Leopard defense turned away consecutive corners, with Iona's Maggie Prairie putting a header off the cross bar on the first corner. In the 67th, Sara Monarch drilled a shot from 35 yards that ricocheted off the right post.
Iona out-shot the Leopards 10-7, including 9-3 in the second half when the Gaels continually pushed play into their offensive end. Iona also held a slim 4-3 edge in corners.
Lafayette returns to Patriot League play on Saturday, hosting Holy Cross at noon.
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