Spartans Lose First Conference Game of Season

Spartans Lose First Conference Game of Season

Greensburg, PA – One week removed from their first conference win of the season, the D'Youville women's soccer team got back to action Saturday afternoon and were defeated by the Pitt.-Greensburg Bobcats by the final score of 2-1.

Each team would get their chance to take the lead in the beginning portion of the game, with Nicole LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East) recording D'Youville's first shot. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) made two saves within the first eight minutes to keep the game scoreless before the Spartans offense stepped up their attack.

D'Youville rattled off 5 shots in seven minutes, including back-to-back shots from Kiernan Johnson (Cherry Valley, IL/Keith School) and Terra Juda (North Tonawanda, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) that hit the crossbar in less than a minute. The Greensburg defense would hold firm and their offense would then turn the tables on the Spartans by scoring in the 34th minute off a corner kick, taking the 1-0 lead.

Two minute later, the Bobcats were awarded a penalty kick but it was missed and the score remained 1-0 and it would stay that way going into the half.

The Spartans would come out of the half and immediately pressure the Bobcat defense. Nicole LaVere and Elizabeth Lyons (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) both had shots, but Greensburg would come back with 3 shots of their own.

D'Youville began to possess the ball as the second half went on and in the 67th minute, Kiernan Johnson sent a corner kick into the box and Jenna Tomizzi (Buffalo, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) was there to put it in the goal, tying the game 1-1. After their goal, the Spartans looked to be in control of the game and heading towards overtime until Greenburg capitalized on a thru-ball turned breakaway and took the lead back at 2-1 in the 86th minute.

The Bobcats tallied 3 shots and 2 corners after they took the lead, not allowing D'Youville a chance to tie the game. Greensburg would take their late lead to the end and win the game by the final of 2-1.

Nicole LaVere led the team with 5 shots, followed by 4 from Juda. Johnson and Rebecca Alvira (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy) also had shots on goal. Dulniak made 7 saves on 9 shots while the Spartans outshot the Bobcats 16-12.

The women will be back in action on Wednesday, October 7th as they head to Hilbert for their third AMCC game of the season.