Women's Soccer Drops One to No. 16 LIU Post Despite Second-half Comeback

Sydney Huckabee

THE BASICS:

-Score: LIU Post 3, Assumption 2

-Records: LIU Post (2-1-0, 0-0-0 ECC), Assumption (1-2-0, 0-0-0 NE10)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Mult-Sport Stadium)

-The Lead: Assumption College came back in the second half, scoring two unanswered goals within the final 15 minutes of play, but fell short of the comeback, losing 3-2 to No. 16 LIU Post.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

-The Pioneers scored two goals early, netting their first goal three minutes and 37 seconds into the game on a header by Julia Duffy. The Pioneers struck again a little less than 10 minutes later, as Kendra Oldroyd scored from three yards out to put the Pioneers up 2-0.

- LIU Post went up 3-0 on another header by Duffy just three minutes and 20 seconds into the second-half.

-Assumption began its comeback at the 75:04 mark as Johnna Caporuscio (Wayne N.J. / Wayne Hills) scored on a sliding kick to bring the Hounds within two, 3-1. Four minutes and 42 seconds later, Kallie Villemaire (Plattsburgh N.Y. / Beekmantown) scored her third goal of the season on a ball out front, pulling Assumption within one, 3-2.

- The Hounds tried hard to tie the game in the final minutes as Villemaire headed the ball just high at the 86:26 mark.

- Assumption goalie Alexis Nason (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy) turned away two shots while her team blocked a third within the final six minutes of play. She made a sliding save on a shot by Erin O'Connor at the 87:02 mark.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- LIU Post held a 26-18 shot advantage, including a 14-7 edge in the first half. The two teams had two corner kicks each, while Assumption had two in the second-half and LIU Post had one in each half.

- Villemaire has now scored three goals in two games, scoring two goals against Nyack in her team's previous contest.

- Nason made 12 saves throughout the contest but fell to 1-2-0 on the year. It was the most saves Nason made during a game so far this season. Hillevi Eklow made seven saves for the Pioneers and improved to 2-1-0 on the year.

QUOTE FROM THE COACH:

"I was extremely proud of the way we fought back in the 2nd half," said Assumption coach Grace Barnard. "Our biggest battle is ourselves right now and we have to figure out a way to play the way we did in the second half from the start of the game." 

UP NEXT:

-Assumption travels to Stonehill on Wednesday for its first conference game starting at 4 p.m.

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