Leopards Downed by Cornell in Final Non-League Match
Oct. 2, 2012
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Lafayette women's soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Cornell on Tuesday evening at Charles F. Berman Field.
The Leopards netted the first goal late in the first half, but surrendered four unanswered goals to Cornell as the Big Red claimed its first win of the season (1-10-0). Lafayette falls to 4-6-2 on the year with the loss.
"We were careless in our approach to the game tonight and it was disappointing after a good performance on Saturday," head coach Mick Statham said after the match. "It's not an easy place to travel to on a Tuesday night, but we needed more than we got from the whole squad tonight."
Lafayette's leading scorer Jill Dozier gave the Maroon and White its first scoring chance of the match, but her header hit off the post in the 17th minute. Less than four minutes after Dozier struck the woodwork, Cornell's Maneesha Chitanvis did the same on the other end and the game remained scoreless until shortly before halftime.
Freshman Anna Wissler netted her first career goal when she pounced on a bouncing ball in the Cornell penalty area and ripped a shot past Cornell keeper Caroline Quentin to put the Leopards ahead 1-0.
The lead was short-lived for the visitors, though, as Cornell evened the score in the last minute of the half when Moonie Mancho beat Abby Williams and sent the teams into the break tied at a goal apiece.
The second half was all Cornell, as the Big Red put three goals behind Williams, who made her first career start in goal for the Leopards. The three scores occurred in the first 11:08 of the second half to put the game out of reach.
Xandra Hompe netted the game-winning tally less than three minutes after intermission before Chitanvis scored twice inside the Leopards' 18-yard box. Hompe finished with a five-point night after scoring in the second half and assisting on three Cornell goals.
Lafayette resumes Patriot League play on Friday evening when it travels to Annapolis, Md. to play Navy. Kickoff from Glenn Warner Soccer Facility is 7 p.m.
Kelly Sposato made her first career appearance in goal for Lafayette when she replaced Williams in the 77th minute
Cornell leads the all-time series against Lafayette, 9-0
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