Torru and Reisinger Score in OT Loss at Columbia
Oct. 15, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. - In an evenly played match, it was Columbia that pulled out the 3-2 win in double overtime on Tuesday night at Columbia Soccer Stadium. Allie Torru and Alex Reisinger each scored in the first half for Lafayette in the loss.
Natalie Melo scored twice, including the game winner in the 107th minute to lift the host Lions over Lafayette.
"It's always tough to lose when you put in such a hard shift," head coach Mick Statham said. "I thought over the 107 minutes that we played, for the most part, we were very good. It was a very enjoyable game and I thought the attitude of the team was excellent."
Less than four minutes in Lafayette (5-7-1) took the game's first scoring chance when Avery Jackson made a run from the right side into the center of the field. The senior midfielder reached the edge of the Columbia penalty area and fired a right-footed shot that missed wide of the far post.
Shortly after Columbia's Elly McGuffog misfired high on a shot from outside the 18, Lafayette earned a corner kick on the other end. Jackson's service into the box was met by Melissa Lynskey's head and directed toward goal, but Columbia Goalie Gabby Dubbick pounced on the loose ball.
The Lions struck first in the 21st minute when Melo took a pass from Beverly Leon at the top of the Lafayette 18-yard box. After taking a touch, Melo bent a left-footed shot inside the left post to beat Leopards' keeper Danielle Sedillo to her right.
Trailing 1-0 in the 32nd minute, Lynskey nearly tied the game with a right-footed strike that rang off the crossbar. The Leopards continued to pressure offensively and broke through a minute later when Torru deposited her first career goal just under the bar and above Dubbick's outstretched arms. Torru's shot was taken after she received a pass from Laura Zito between two defenders and hit the ball with her left foot 22 yards from goal.
Less than five minutes later the visitors notched a second goal, this time on a free kick off the right foot of Alex Reisinger. Following a foul in the midfield 26 yards out, the junior bent a shot around the Lions' wall and snuck it inside the right post to put the Leopards ahead. It was Reisinger's first tally of 2013 and the second of her career.
Columbia (7-4-2) had a couple chances to even the score, including Chelsea Ryan's shot that went just wide and a later corner kick, but the Leopards went into intermission holding a 2-1 advantage.
Lafayette picked up where it left off at the start of the second half and could have added a third goal if not for a couple of outstanding plays by new Columbia keeper Grace Redmon. The Lions' backstop tipped Alyssa Finelli's shot over the bar and then after the corner kick knocked Jackson's cross away from danger with a punch.
Sedillo helped maintain the Leopards' edge with two saves in a two-minute span. The first came on a header by Melo and the second was on Phoenetia Browne's right-footed rip from inside the penalty area as Lafayette maintained its lead going into the final half hour of regulation.
Columbia earned a free kick from just outside the corner of the 18-yard box and executed the set piece perfectly. Alexa Yow headed Melo's service past Sedillo to bring Columbia level in the 65th minute. Five minutes after finding the tying goal, another set piece almost allowed the Lions to regain the lead. Melo's corner connected with McGuffog's head and was redirected off the crossbar.
The game went into overtime after another Sedillo save on Leon with four minutes left. The freshman keeper ended the night with six stops, tying her career high.
Melo's clinching goal came on a feed from Erin Falk on the end line and skidded past a diving Sedillo. Columbia held a 9-7 edge in shots on goal and an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Lafayette resumes Patriot League play on Saturday when the Leopards travel to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with American. Kickoff from Reeves Field is 1 p.m.
Lynskey made her first career start for the Leopards on defense.
Lafayette moved to 3-1-0 on the season when scoring at least two goals.
The all-time series now stands at 2-2-0. Tonight's match was the first meeting between the two sides since 1996.
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