Back on track in league play

After losing two straight league games, Lafayette women’s soccer is back in the win column.

Photo by Sarah Fryefield ‘16 | Photographer

The bleeding has temporarily stopped for Lafayette women’s soccer (4-4-1 overall, 0-2 Patriot League).

Losers of its first two Patriot League games, Lafayette bounced back on Wednesday with its third straight victory against archrival Lehigh. Jaclyn Giordano ‘15 scored off an assist from Allie Torru ‘16 to help Lafayette improve to 1-2 in league play.

The goal was scored in the 29th minute and was started by Kelly Boyce ‘15 who passed up the field to Alyssa Finelli ’15 for an attempted shot that the Lehigh goalkeeper deflected out of bounds. Torru took the corner and Giordano headed it in.

“We went into the game with great preparation,” Boyce said. “We got to know their style of play and really capitalized on the things [Coach Mick Statham] taught us.”

“We found a way to finish and that is what set us apart from Lehigh.”

Boyce was injured early in the game when she collided heads with a Lehigh attacker in a battle for a header. It left her with a bleeding gash above her left eye, but the defensive center midfielder returned as soon as butterfly stitches were applied.

The team did not fare as well against Navy last Saturday. After a free kick hit the cross bar in the eighth minute of the match, Navy capitalized in the 75th minute when Morgan Dankanich scored right in front of the net off a pass from a teammate to knock of the Leopards 1-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Dani Sedillo made a career-high six saves.

Next up for Lafayette is tomorrow’s match against Holy Cross at 1 p.m.

“If we keep going into games with the same attitude we have been, we’ll be good,” Boyce said. “We’re very positive, not too into the game where we beat ourselves up for small mistakes. The important thing is we play our game instead of catering to the other team.”

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