Posted by Skidmore Athletics
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Skidmore College women's soccer team opened Liberty League play with an impressive 1-0 win over No. 11-ranked Union College, Wednesday night at Wachenheim Field.
The win marks the fifth time this season the 6-1 Thoroughbreds have handed an opponent its first loss of the season. The Dutchwomen are 6-1 and 0-1 in Liberty League play.
Neither team managed much offense through the first 39 minutes of the game. Skidmore then took advantage of a late corner when Michelle Finan '13 hit a well-placed ball in the box that Rebecca Russo '13 headed past Union keeper Mia Simone for the game's lone goal at 39:19.
The Dutchwomen came out hard at the beginning of the second half, but the Skidmore defense settled down to record its fifth straight shutout.
Thoroughbred goalie Meghan Sleezer '12 had four saves to extend her scoreless streak to 459 minutes.
Skidmore outshot Union 10-8. Simone finished with six saves for the Dutchwomen, including two big stops late in the second half to keep the game close.