Justison ignites Saints women's soccer 6-0 rout of Potsdam
Senior Marcelle Justison scored one goal and set up two others as St. Lawrence University's women's soccer team rolled past North Country rival Potsdam State, 6-0 at Sandy MacAllaster Field Tuesday afternoon.
The Saints opened the scoring just 1:26 into play as Katherine Polido sent Justison away with a lead pass and as Justison dribbled in on Potsdam goalkeeper Dedra Palmer, she sent a pass toward the far post where sophomore Julia Friesen tapped the ball over the goal line for her second of the season.SLU made it a 2-0 game at the 31:36 mark as senior back Devon Shatkin served the ball into the penalty area off a restart and senior midfielder Elena Rogers put the goal away from point blank range for her third of the season.
The Saints, who substituted liberally throughout the game and got everyone who was able to play into the contest, pulled away with four second half goals. SLU improves to 7-5-3 on the season, while Potsdam is now 3-12-2.
Justison set up Stephanie Sayward for Sayward's ninth of the year 11:53 into the half as Justison drove to the right post and then centered the ball for a wide-open shot. Justison, who missed four games due to injury, scored her first of the year at the 61:40 mark as she beat Palmer to the ball off Rogers' feed into the box, putting the shot away just before the keeper could get her hands on the ball.
Rookie Nyssa LaClair scored her first collegiate goal at 78:58, hitting a shot to the upper left corner from the 18 yard stripe and Lexie Weatherbie, the Saints' rookie backup goaltender, scored her first collegiate goal as she entered the game as a forward and was all alone in the middle of the box for a point blank shot after Erika Gobielle's entry pass.
The Saints outshot Potsdam 35-5 for the game with Palmer making a number of tough stops among 13 saves. Abby van Geldern started for the Saints and earned the win with two saves in 57 minutes while Andrea Strauss and Amanda Chase did not see a shot in relief action.
The Saints had nine corner kicks to none for the Bears.
SLU will close out the regular season portion of its season with a home Liberty League game against Clarkson Saturday at 1 p.m. SLU remains in Liberty League playoff contention, depending upon the outcome of other games this week.