Women's Soccer Notches 2-1 Overtime Victory in Season Finale
Oct. 27, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The class of 2007 was hoping for a little bit nicer weather to celebrate the culmination of their Lafayette careers. However, they could not have scripted a better result. Junior Kelly Koreyva tallied her third goal of the year in the fifth minute of overtime to give the Leopards a Senior Night victory over Army on a rainy Friday night at Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium.
With a steady rain falling the entire game, the Leopards and Black Knights used the first 10 minutes to get a feel for the slippery conditions. An early chance off the left foot of senior forward Kelly Fitzgerald sailed just over the goal and the game remained scoreless early.
However, in the 12th minute, Army tallied the game's first goal. After streaking the ball down the right side of the field, the Black Knights used a cross to senior forward Ronee Farrell. Farrell's initial shot was deflected and wound up at the feet of teammate Molly Byrnes, who took one-touch and sent the ball just inside the far post, past diving Leopard goalkeeper Mary Kate Erdman to give the Black Knights a 1-0 lead.
The rest of the first half was evenly-played, as both teams created offensive opportunities, despite the lousy conditions. At intermission, the Black Knights maintained their 1-0 lead.
A fiery Lafayette squad came out in the second half, establishing the tempo and continued to create chances. A cross from senior forward Kelli McMahon found the head of sophomore teammate Jenny Polak on the back post. However, Polak's header was directed right into the arms of Army goalkeeper Rebecca Garcia to negate the attempt at a Lafayette equalizer.
The Leopards continued to fight and were rewarded for their efforts in the 72nd minute. A shot from junior tri-captain Caroline Tuttle inside the Army defensive box deflected off a Black Knight hand to give Lafayette a penalty kick.
Tuttle stepped to the line and tied the game when she sent the penalty kick into the lower right portion of the net.
Like the first half, the see-saw battle continued for the rest of the second half. Both teams registered numerous shots, but were unable to capitalize. At the end regulation, the team's prepared for overtime.
After an early Black Knight shot in overtime, the Leopards quickly countered and notched the game-winner in the 95th minute. Koreyva took control over a scramble in front of the Army goal and sent her senior teammates away with a victory when she placed the ball just over the goal line inside the near post.
Erdman tallied four saves to earn the victory, while Garcia recorded six saves for Army.
Head coach Mick Statham knows what it means to his seniors to end their careers with a victory over Army.
"Our goal was to give this class a trip to the Patriot League tournament," Statham said. "Coming into tonight, this was the next best thing. They walked off the field and ended their careers tonight as winners."
NOTES: The class of 2007 was honored in a pre-game ceremony to celebrate their Leopard careers. This year's class includes tri-captain Trista Burke, Jennifer Chamberlain, Kelly Fitzgerald, Carolyn Fisher, and Kelli McMahon.