No. 18 UR suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to the Utica College Pioneers on Friday, Sept. 28. UR was in control for the entirety of the game, proven by their 21-10 advantage in penalty corners, but was not able to take advantage of them, as they only scored one goal.
Early in the game, Utica had a few excellent scoring opportunities, but junior goalie Madison Wagner made some remarkable saves to steer UR clear of Utica’s attack. Both offenses were stagnant until Utica forward Louise Steele-Nortan ran with the ball forty yards and scored.
UR responded immediately as sophomore midfielder Megan Keil scored a goal assisted by sophomore forward Gina Cunningham just two minutes later, as she tipped in a right wing shot. The half ended shortly after with the score tied at one.
At the break UR held a 9-0 advantage in corners. During the second half the teams exchanged scoring chances, with both goalies making spectacular saves. Regulation time ended with neither team in the lead, so a six-on-six overtime period began with both squads looking for the win.
The first great chance came with seven minutes remaining, as junior midfielder Lindsey Randall took the ball on a fast break.
As she passed Utica goalie Kells Casey she fell to the ground, which may have been the result of an illegal trip. The referee, however, did not award UR with a stroke and instead gave a corner, which the ’Jackets were unable to convert.
In the 81st minute, Utica’s Nortan was able to score, giving them a controversial 2-1 victory. UR will try to rebound Friday, Oct. 5 when they take on No. 5 Skidmore College in Fauver Stadium.
Davis is a member of the class of 2016.