Women’s Soccer team fall to Lesley, 3-2.
A non-conference game against Lesley University resulted in defeat for the Anchorwomen at home last Monday.
The beginning of the game looked promising to the Anchorwomen. 14 minutes into play, Rhode Island College sophomore midfielder Leah Gravel chipped over Lesley’s defense and gifted the ball to her classmate and forward Brittany DeGrooth who deked the Lynx goalie to sneak in a shot within the keeper’s office.
In the 15th minute of the game, just a minute after DeGrooth’s goal, Lesley struck back after senior forward Julie Essick (Boerne, TX) ripped a shot from over 25 yards out to equalize.
The Anchorwomen sought to break the tie and in the 31st minute, DeGrooth gifted junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci a pass that resulted in the latter scoring RIC’s second and final goal of the contest just outside the net.
Twelve minutes later, towards the close of the first half, Lesley would equalize once again in the 43rd minute. Lynx sophomore forward Xaelel Allen-Coballero (Henrietta, NY) whacked a shot from inside the penalty box following an assist credited to junior defender Maddy Kelly (San Jose, CA.)
The Anchorwomen walked off the field after the first half, tied with Lesley 2-2. The visitors, at the time, retained a large 12-3 shot advantage over the hosts.
The 75th minute of the game saw Lesley score the tie breaker that sealed the victory for the Lynx. Late in the second half, Lesley’s sophomore midfielder, Jordan Mitchell (Sachse, TX) slid in a shot after a cross from Essick, who assisted in the final goal of the game.
The Anchorwomen fought vigorously in the final 15 minutes of the game. With just 5 minutes left in the contest, a RIC attempt at an equalizer saw the ball hit the far side of the post. Lesley walked off the field victorious over the Anchorwomen, with a score of 3-2.
RIC freshman keeper Amber-Marie Francois made seven blocks in the loss for the Anchorwomen. The junior keeper for the Anchorwomen, Brianna Sousa made two saves in her efforts. The Lynx goalkeepers, junior Lilly Donovan and freshman Brittley Gaan (Bellevue, WA) each made one save.