Women’s Soccer Suffers 4-3 Loss at Le Moyne

Andy Beardsley

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The University of New Haven women’s soccer team dropped a Northeast-10 Conference match at Le Moyne College 4-3 Tuesday afternoon. The Chargers fall to 7-7-2 overall and 5-6-2 in the NE-10 with the loss, while the Dolphins improve to 6-6-2 overall and 4-6-2 in conference play.

The Chargers opened scoring in the 11th minute when Holly Dawson (Banffshire, Scotland) scored her fifth goal of the season off a left-footed shot from 16-yards out. She gave the Chargers a 1-0 lead until the 19:09 mark when the Dolphins scored off a penalty kick to even the score at 1-1.

Each team added shots in the following minutes before Le Moyne took a 2-1 lead in the 25th minute. The Dolphins’ Christie Morano scored her 11th of the season over Kim Taylor (Patchogue, N.Y.) left shoulder from 15 yards out. Ten minutes later New Haven’s Shannon Morales (Bloomfield, Conn.) evened the score once again with a shot that landed in the top center of the Le Moyne net from 8-yards out.

Despite being tied 2-2 at the break, the Chargers had attempted three-times as many shots as the Dolphins (15-5).

Le Moyne was the first to score in the second half as Gabriele Ariola netted the ball in the lower right corner off a pass from Morano. With that, Le Moyne took a 3-2 lead with just over 38 minutes left in regulation. The Chargers would even the score, for the third time of the game, 14 minutes later. Emily Buckley-Matura (Brooklyn, N.Y.) netted her sixth of the season just inside the right post off a pass from Lucy Francisco (Lawrence, Mass.).

One-minute later, Le Moyne took the lead back with Morano’s second goal of the game. She scored off a rebound of a shot by Caitlin O’Rourke. The Chargers tallied three more chances in the closing minutes, but they could not capitalize to once again tie the game.

Francisco led the team with seven shots, including three shots-on-goal. Dawson and Monica Yanez (West Haven, Conn.) each recorded three shots.

The Chargers have two games remaining on their regular season schedule; both will be played at home. This Sunday the Chargers will host homecoming and senior day at Kayo Field against St. Michael’s College. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. New Haven hosts Adelphi University in its final game of the 2010 regular season on Wednesday, October 27.