Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville women's soccer team bounced back from their last minute loss on Tuesday by defeating the visiting La Roche Redhawks on senior day Saturday afternoon by the final score of 2-0.
D'Youville recorded the first 4 shots of the game, all by seniors. Melissa LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East), Rachel Pandolfe (Depew, NY/Lancaster), Catie Giebner (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township) and Nicole LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East) put pressure on the Redhawk defense early and often. In the 16th minute, the Spartans broke the scoreless tie. Pandolfe sent a ball into the box that found the foot of Jami Cammilleri (Rochester, NY/Greece Athena) and gave the Spartans the 1-0 lead.
In the 25th minute, two seniors would combine to double the Spartan lead. Nicole LaVere connected on a shot that found the upper 90 of the goal after receiving a pass from Catie Giebner. D'Youville would outshoot the Redhawks 9-2 in the first half and take their 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Spartans would rattle off 4 shots in the first 7 minutes of the second half but couldn't build on their early lead. D'Youville's defense held firm in the second half, led by sophomore Jenna Tomizzi (Buffalo, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) and freshman goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga). La Roche would threaten in the second half but to no avail as the Spartans went on to win the game by the score of 2-0.
Jami Cammilleri and Nicole LaVere scored the goals for the Spartans, with Pandolfe and Giebner picking up the assists. Dulniak picked up her 5th shutout of the season after making 10 saves in the game. Melissa LaVere led the team with 5 shots, while Nicole LaVere tied her sister for the team lead in shots on goal with 3.
Seniors Lauren Walsh (Kenmore, NY/Mount St. Mary Academy), Nicole and Melissa LaVere, Rebecca Alvira (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy), Elizabeth Lyons (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster), Ashley Long (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster), Rachel Pandolfe and Catie Giebner were all honored before the game for their careers at D'Youville.
Several of the players have made lasting impacts on the women's soccer program by putting their name in the record books. Melissa and Nicole, along with Lyons, Alvira and Giebner have all entered the top 10 in several different statistical categories.
The women will play their next game on the road on Wednesday, October 21st as the women will head to Penn State-Behrend to face the third place Lions.