Leopards Edged by Navy in Patriot League Tournament Semifinals
Nov. 4, 2011
HAMILTON, N.Y. -
The Lafayette women’s soccer season came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Navy in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals on Friday evening at Van Doren Field. The Mids scored the decisive goal in the 80th minute and held on to advance to the Patriot League Championship against Army.
“I thought we played very well tonight,” head coach Mick Statham said. “I thought we were excellent, particularly in the first half. Credit goes to Navy for their play and it was a great Patriot League semifinal game. I’m pleased with the effort we showed tonight and we played like we have since August.”
With the score tied at 2-2, Lafayette earned its first corner kick of the game with less than 12 minutes to play in regulation. Alex Reisinger sent a low cross into the penalty area where the Navy defense quickly cleared the danger and broke out in a two-on-one counter attack. Paloma Perez played a ball across to Morgan Dankanich, whose shot was deflected by Lafayette keeper Lauren Smedley, but still had enough pace to cross the goal line.
Lafayette netted the game’s first goal in the 42nd minute of the match, as Dana Moyer scored her first goal of the season. Moyer received a pass from Julia Bell inside the penalty area and then beat Navy’s goalkeeper Andrea Lopez-Shaw to put the Leopards ahead going into halftime.
Three goals were scored in a :58 span in the second half. Perez found the back of the net at the 58:19 mark, leveling the score at 1-1. The Leopards instantly responded with a goal by Shannon Neschke 28 seconds later to regain the lead. The marker was her second of the season. Half a minute later, the Mids once again tied the score at 2-2 when Dankanich fed Ashlynn Soellner for another goal.
Each team took nine shots apiece in the match, Navy (13-5-3, 4-2-1 PL) had the advantage in corner kicks 5-1 and Navy’s Kahra Kelty picked up a yellow card in the 89th minute. Smedley made two saves in goal for Lafayette and Lopez-Shaw was not credited with a save in the victory. The three goals surrendered by Lafayette was the most given up all season.
Lafayette finishes the season with a 9-6-2 overall record, its best overall mark since 2001.