Women's Soccer: Late Goals Doom Warriors, Now Winless in Their Last Four Games

Women's Soccer: Late Goals Doom Warriors, Now Winless in Their Last Four Games

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Hartwick College women's soccer team scored twice inside the final ten minutes to erase an Eastern Connecticut State University lead and post a 2-1 victory on the second day of the Mayor's Cup Sunday afternoon at Red Dragon Field on the campus of SUNY Oneonta.

Eastern (1-2-2)  junior midfielder Aly Clarke's (Mystic) second goal of the season on a drop pass inside the box from All-Region senior forward Emily Becher (Brooklyn) broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half, but Hartwick (4-1)  rallied for the tying goal with just under ten minutes left and surged ahead with 3:22 left in regulation.

All-Empire-8 junior midfielder Rachel Weir's team-leading third goal of the season had tied the match, with Weir collecting a loose ball outside the box and rifling the tying goal into the lower left-hand corner of the goal.  Senior forward Allie Ricci recorded the game-winner when she connected on a breakaway after controlling All-Empire-8 senior midfielder Casey Boucher's pass through the middle.

Clarke, whose first career goal had given Eastern a 2-1 overtime win over Roger Williams University in the season-opener, gave the Warriors their first goal after 285 scoreless minutes over four matches Sunday.

Sophomore Erin Collins (Millis, MA) made three saves in the second half in relief of junior starter Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, MA) and sustained her first career loss.

Both teams were coming off double-overtime games Saturday in the tournament, Eastern playing SUNY Oneonta to a scoreless deadlock and Hartwick losing, 1-0, to Susquehanna University.

Clarke and sophomore Abbey Fitzsimmons (West Hartford) represented Eastern on the all-tournament team.

Eastern hosts Brandeis University in its home-opener  at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Judges are ranked No. 6 nationally after reaching last year's NCAA Division III semifinals and finishing 16-4-4. Brandeis (3-1-0) has won its last four since losing its opener at MIT, 3-2.