Sep. 1: The St. Lawrence University women's soccer team earned a 4-0 victory over Wellesley College on Sunday afternoon to capture the 2013 North Country Classic title. The Saints carried momentum from yesterday's upset of #18 Cortland into their match today and used three first-half goals to put the Blue away early.
"We planned to expect a technical team capable of moving the ball well and Wellesley certainly brought that to the field," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari
. "While our main objective was to break up their play early we came out with a lot of energy and made big plays when necessary. I was extremely pleased with our patience and ball movement and the goals we score were very well earned. Our back line defended well and was very organized. It was a great weekend for the team, I am extremely pleased with the results and performance overall."
Controlling the majority of possessions in the first half, the Saints' first tally came in the first five minutes as Emily DePoy
scored her third goal of the season. Off a throw in, Julia Friesen
headed the ball towards the net, which deflected off a Blue defender to the foot of DePoy, who sent a shot far post to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
The Saints would score again in the 18th minute, this time by Mackenzie Collins
for her first of the season. From the top of the 18 yard box, Hannah Calvelli
found DePoy in the middle, who pushed the ball past the Blue's defensive line to Collins. Collins put in a low shot to the opposite post.
In the 30th minute, Mimi Coppinger
would give her team a 3-0 lead with her first goal of the season. The Saints took one of their seven first half corner kicks, and in a scramble in front of the net, Coppinger one-timed a shot off a bounce past Wellesley's goalkeeper Claire Cerda.
Wellesley played stronger in the second half and Cerda and the Blue defense kept the Saints scoreless for the next 50:00 minutes of play. St. Lawrence, however, cashed in on another goal in the 80th minute as Friesen carried the ball in on Cerda, who made the initial save, but Alexandra Weatherbie
was trailing to hit home the rebound for her first goal of the season.
The St. Lawrence back line of Laura Topf
, Hannah Calvelli
, Adriana Morra
and Liz Laprade
limited the action that goalkeeper Andrea Strauss
saw. Strauss was, however, tested in the second half on a hard shot from Wellesley's Maddie Carlborg, deflecting the shot over the crossbar for the save. She earns her first shutout of the season with a two-save performance.
First-year students Amy Reunert
, Alexa Derksen
and Taylor Goldsborough
, as well as sophomore Emma Fleming
also came in as relief and helped to maintain a solid back defensive line.
Wellesley's goalkeeper Cerda turned in six saves on the day, including several impressive plays in the second half. The ball was chipped over the Blue's defense to Collins. Collins shot a blooper over the head of Cerda, who made a diving save backwards to keep the ball out of the net. Minutes later, she broke up another play by intercepting a centering pass from Friesen to Coppinger in front of the goal.