Rogers, Van Geldern lead Saints past Elmira 1-0 in women's soccer
Elana Rogers scored her first goal of the season 26:26 into the game and junior goalkeeper Abby van Geldern made it stand up for her fourth straight shutout and sixth of the season as St. Lawrence University's women's soccer team completed a weekend sweep with a 1-0 win over Elmira on Sunday.
The Saints, who also won by a 1-0 score at RIT on Saturday, improved to 6-1-0 on the season and have won four straight heading into conference play next weekend.Marcelle Justison set up the eventual game winning goal as she took a pass from Betsy Lucas and slid it across the box with the ball bouncing off a defender and right to Rogers, who rifled the shot into the net for her third career goal and first career game-winner at 26:26 of the first half.
Saint goalie van Geldern made two saves for the shutout as the Saints had a slight 14-13 edge in shot attempts, but had a 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.
"We had to make an adjustment to playing on a field which was not a size that we are used to, and we were able to do it," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "The team did a fantastic job of keeping a clean slate this weekend...we played two very competitive games and got the results we were looking for. We have a few things to work on before the start of conference play this coming weekend to make us a more dangerous team offensively, but I am confident we will be able to get it done."
The Saints open Liberty League play with Vassar and Rensselaer at MacAllaster Field in Canton on Friday and Saturday.
Elmira goalie Karissa Wilson made seven saves in Sunday's game to keep the Eagles in contention and the two teams had five corner kicks each.