Posted by Katie Peverada
The women's soccer team suffered their first home loss of the season on Saturday, falling to St. Lawrence 1-0 in overtime. It was their first game since their first loss of the season, a 2-0 defeat at William Smith last weekend, and moved them to 10-2-2 overall and 5-2 in Liberty League play.
The only goal of the game came just 1:28 into overtime, when the Saints were able to score off of a corner kick. With the ball bouncing around in the box amidst players from both teams, Saint Julia Friesen was able to lift the ball into the top left corner of the goal, past the Skidmore defense.
Even though they were on the losing end of the score, the Thoroughbreds were in control for a large part of the game. In the first half of play, Skidmore outshot St. Lawrence 10 to one and finished the game with 16 shots to eight. Skidmore also had 6 corner kicks to the Saints' 2, but the Saints were able to convert one of those for the game winning tally.
Skidmore's best chance of the first half came in the 13th minute when Christine Bellotti '14 hammered a shot from the top of the 18. Saints' Kelsey West saw the shot all the way through, though, and timed her catch perfectly. Bellotti would go on to test West several times throughout the game, most notably in the 42nd minute when she took a corner kick from the left side that curved in towards the goal, but West was able to get a hand on the ball and knock it away. Bellotti also tested West in the 75th minute with a dead ball kick.
St. Lawrence threatened a bit in the second half, but Gab Lawrence '14 was there to answer. In the 52nd minute, Lawrence tracked a long shot from the top of the box, and then came off of her line later in the half to cut off a cross. Lawrence finished the game with three saves, with only the final shot, in overtime, finding the net.
Although the number one seed is no longer attainable, the Thoroughbreds can still earn a home game and the number two seed with a win at RPI on Wednesday, Oct. 30.