Leopards Close Weekend with Loss to Boston U.
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's soccer team gave a full effort on Sunday afternoon on Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium, but visiting Boston U. proved too much in the end, sending the Leopards to a 3-0 defeat.
"I thought we fought pretty well. The best team won today. On this day, they were better than us and came up with really good quality," head coach Mick Statham said. "I did like our team's effort in that we fought and didn't give up, which is obviously important for any team to be able to put forth effort like that when things aren't going your way. Our team showed good character today, but BU deserved to win."
The majority of the contest was played in Lafayette's defensive end where freshman Maggie Pohl and senior Kelly O'Brien put forth stellar efforts in each of their halves of play between the pipes. Pohl tallied four saves and two goals allowed, suffering her fourth loss of the season, while O'Brien added seven saves and gave up one tally in the second half.
"We have to give them credit. They came out strong and were the better side today," junior co-captain Gabrielle Martone added. "We need to take our lessons out of this game and be stronger for it moving forward."
The game's first two goals came within six minutes of each other midway through the first half. BU's Jesse Shreck fired a beautiful strike in the 16th minute from about 30 yards out right into the top right corner to put the visitors on top. Then, a free kick off the training ground led to the second goal as Anna Heilferty slotted it past Pohl for the 2-0 advantage.
The Leopards' defense hung tough into and through the halftime break, but an 81st-minute tally finished off the scoreline. Working a give-and-go down the right side, Shannon Keefe was able to sneak a shot inside the near post and off the foot of O'Brien for the insurance tally.
Shots finished at 24-0 in favor of the Terriers and Boston U. took 10 corners on the afternoon. The Leopards made 11 saves and were called for four fouls in the contest compared to just one on the visitors.
The Maroon and White will have a full week to refocus, traveling to Hamilton, N.Y. for their next contest on Saturday, taking on Colgate at 7 p.m