Rock, Saints women's soccer edge Lakers 1-0
First-year student Samantha Rock's goal in the 73rd minute lifted the St. Lawrence University women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Oswego State in a non-conference game Tuesday night at North Country Field. With the win, the Saints improved to 7-5-2 overall, while the Lakers fell to 5-9-0.
"The atmosphere of today's game was great," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "While we did a good job of transitioning and creating dangerous chances in the first half, we just couldn't find the back of the net. I'm pleased with how the team responded in the second half as we continued to be dangerous in the attack and our defensive efforts were strong."Rock's second-half game-winner was her second goal of the season. Junior Julia Friesen beat two defenders down the left side and centered a pass to Rock, who one-touched the ball past Oswego goalkeeper Emily Varonier to put the Saints up 1-0.
Oswego had several solid chances to score, but Saints goalkeeper Andrea Strauss made several great plays to keep the Lakers off the board. Bailey Waterbury and Bri Dolan both had open looks at the top of the 18 yard box and sent hard shots at the upper corners, but Strauss made two diving plays to deflect the bids out of bounds.
St. Lawrence looked to take a 1-0 lead late in the first half when sophomore Nyssa LaClair hit a hard shot towards the far post. Varonier, however, made a diving save to deflect the ball wide. First-year student Emily DePoy came up with the rebound and shot the ball on net, but Oswego's Nikki Liadka made a great defensive save to clear the ball out of the zone and keep the score 0-0 at the half.
St. Lawrence, held advantages in both shots (21-16) and corner kicks (5-4). Strauss finished with 10 saves for her second shutout of the season, while Varonier finished with eight saves but suffered the loss.
St. Lawrence will host RIT on Saturday as the team celebrates "Senior Day", as well as "Pink Week" at SLU in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.