October 13, 2012

WOMEN’S SOCCER RALLIES TO FORCE OVERTIME, BUT FALLS TO FRANKLIN PIERCE, 3-2



Syracuse, N.Y. – Talita Pereira scored two goals, including the game-winner 4:35 into the second overtime period, to lead Franklin Pierce to a 3-2 win over the Le Moyne College women's soccer team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

The Ravens opened the game's scoring just over 16 minutes into the contest. Off a free kick from midfield that entered the penalty box, Caroline Savasta headed the ball into the goal box. After the ball got past one Franklin Pierce player, Elizabeth Guimond knocked the ball into the lower right corner of the goal from the middle of the goal box.

Franklin Pierce registered an 11-7 advantage in shots over the final 26 and one-half minutes, but Le Moyne freshman goalkeeper Tori Corsaro (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) turned away all seven Franklin Pierce shots on goal, while Ravens goalkeeper Katie Weldon stopped both shots she faced.

Franklin Pierce doubled its lead 11:16 into the second half. After dribbling the ball into and out of the penalty box, Pereira ripped a shot from 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the goal.

The Dolphins cut their deficit in half 7:16 later. Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Bakal (Newark Valley, N.Y./Newark Valley) sent a feed through a pair of Franklin Pierce defenders and into the penalty box. Senior forward Christie Morano (Highland, N.Y./Highland) beat Weldon to the ball at the top of the penalty box, slipped the ball underneath Weldon and then tapped the ball into the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season. With the goal, Morano became just the second player in the program's history (Sheila Doyle 1992-95) to record double-digit goals all four years of her career.

With just under 15 minutes remaining in regulation, senior midfielder Gabriele Ariola (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) evened the score at two apiece. After collecting the ball in the center of the field, she dribbled the ball towards the right corner of the penalty box before sending a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for her fourth tally of the season.

After neither team scored over the remainder of the second half nor the first overtime period, Pereira scored the game-winner off a breakaway. Following a save by Weldon, Hannah Weagle headed the punt up field, where Pereira raced past two defenders and slid a shot into the lower right corner of the goal for her seventh marker of the campaign.

Corsaro turned away 10 shots in suffering the loss, while Weldon posted nine saves in the victory. The Dolphins recorded a 25-23 edge in shots, while taking six of the game's 11 corner kicks.

Le Moyne (2-7-4, 0-7-4 NE-10), which has gone to overtime in six of its 13 games, returns to action on Tuesday at Adelphi at 4:00 p.m.