Oct. 23, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
The Lafayette women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 overtime contest at Bucknell on Sunday afternoon after giving up the decisive goal 4:53 into the extra session. Despite the loss, Lafayette qualified for their first Patriot League Tournament since 2001 as a result of outcomes around the League.
“It’s an interesting day in a lot of ways,” head coach Mick Statham said. “The players were extremely disappointed with losing in overtime, especially on the day they qualified for the Patriot League Tournament. I think it is important for the players to understand that it’s a superb achievement in making the tournament for the first time in many years and we still have an awful lot to play for. As the coach of the team, I couldn’t be any prouder of every player connected with the team and the season that happened.”
Bucknell’s Tara Cort chipped a ball over the Lafayette defense, springing a breakaway for Megan DeGennaro who beat Lafayette keeper Lauren Smedley for the game-winning goal. Smedley made five saves in goal for the Leopards, who were outshot in the game 18-16.
Each squad scored once in each half, as Janelle Pierson put Lafayette (9-5-1, 4-2-0 Patriot) ahead 23:13 into the match. The senior settled the ball in the penalty area after receiving a pass from Nicole Brownell before shooting past Bucknell goalkeeper Sandita McDermott. Pierson’s tally was her team-leading fourth of the season.
Just 20 seconds into the second half Bucknell (5-9-1, 3-3-0) netted the equalizer off the foot of Kayla Lee. Lee collected a pass from teammate Courtney Nelson and then ripped a shot off the crossbar and in, tying the score at 1-1.
McDermott turned away nine Leopards’ shots, including three apiece from Alyssa Finelli and Allison Stone.
The Bison earned four corner kicks in the game and held Lafayette without an attempt.
Lafayette wraps up its regular season on Oct. 30 in West Point, N.Y. against Army. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
With a victory at Army and a loss by Colgate to American, Lafayette would win the Patriot League Regular Season Championship for the first time in program history. That scenario would also give the Leopards the opportunity to host the tournament which is slated for Nov. 4 and 6.