Women's Soccer News & Highlights
September 24, 2013
Vandeventer's 89th Minute Tally Lifts Eagles
The Eagles opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute after a foul near the edge of the box on the left side. Emily Cole curled a serve into the back post that Stephanie Le flicked between a defender and the Farmingdale goalkeeper. Emily Roquemore made her first touch count with a solid finsh into the vacant net.
"We know that Rock [Roquemore] can be dangerous on those," head coach Dan Mouw said, "but we needed to have enough stability in the game to bring her up on some chances. Steph made a good flick and Emily was spot on with the finish." The goal is the fourth of her career for the junior center back.
The Rams equalized less than four minutes later after a fast clearance on an Eastern corner kick. The Eagles committed numbers into the box to try to double the lead and Farmingdale was able to get out of the zone with a quick clearance. Alena Gannon finished the transition attempt on a pass from Melanie Zeltman.
Farmingdale had a slim 4-3 edge in shots through the opening 45 minutes and both teams had two corners.
The Eagles had two good chances to grab the lead in the first ten minutes of the second half. Le's header on an Elisa Direnzo corner went just wide and Victoria Graham's shot after a beautiful through ball from Cole slipped outside the left upright.
Shortly after Elayna Simpson made her second save of the match for the Eagles, Cole had an opportunity on a header in the 72nd minute slip over the crossbar.
The game seemed destined for extra time before an offside call near midfield gave the Eagles a chance to get numbers forward. Roquemore served a high ball that bounced back to DiRenzo. The sophomore midfielder tried to control the clearance attempt but the ball bounced free. She pursued the ball and forced a short clearance from the Farmingdale defender.
Vandeventer cut the clearance away at the corner of the box and lifted a shot to the back post for the first goal of her college career. The freshman from Manorville, N.Y. is the only current player from Eastern's roster from Long Island.
"This was a good team win," Mouw concluded. "I am so happy to see Genn take advantage of a chance like that, and I felt like we worked together better than we have in any game this year. We have stuff to work on, but if we can build on the effort and commitment of today, we will continue to make strides as we head into the Freedom Conference."
Eastern (2-5-1) plays again next Tuesday at home against Stevens Tech.
Updated: Wednesday, 02 October 2013