WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS TO NO. 1 BRIDGEPORT, 4-1
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Oct. 8, 2011) - Sophomore midfielder/forward Allison Sloper (Williston Park, N.Y.) scored the lone Lion tally on Saturday, but the attempt fell shy as the Molloy College women's soccer squad fell by a final of 4-1 to top-ranked University of Bridgeport in an East Coast Conference match at the Dean Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. With the defeat, the Lions are now at 7-5 overall and 3-2 against ECC opponents. They also had a three-game winning stint halted. Meanwhile, the Purple Knights remained perfect on the year, improving to 11-0, and 4-0 in the league.
Bridgeport started the scoring on the first shot of the game just 15 minutes into the opening period. Junior midfielder/forward Becky Wallis (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) sent a long ball from midfield to a streaking Kasey Kenny (Staten Island, N.Y.) on a breakaway. Kenny then kicked a shot into the top-right corner of the net, giving the visitors a quick 1-0 lead. Only 17 seconds after her tally, the Purple Knights struck again. This time, freshman midfielder Giuana Prugger (Ortisei, Italy) capitalized on a Lion turnover, and fired a shot by Nicole DellaPorta (West Babylon, N.Y.) for a 2-0 advantage.
Molloy managed just two shots in the half, as it trailed 2-0 going into the 15-minute intermission. Right out of the gate in the latter stanza, Kenny found twine for her second tally of the contest. Just 2:42 into the period, she fired a shot from 15 yards away, staking UB to a 3-0 cushion, off a feed from Prugger. Prugger would add another assist on the final tally for the Purple Knights, which came from senior midfielder Julia Colley (Harlow, England) in the 54th-minute.
Sloper attempted to brew some late magic for the Lions, as she found the back of the mesh from 10 yards away, ending the shutout bid by sophomore keeper Julia Hansson (Tocksfors, Sweden) with over 16-plus minutes left. Junior midfielder Kylie Barbosa (Syosset, N.Y.) looked to cut the deficit in half only a couple of minutes later off a corner kick, but her attempt was stopped by Hansson. The late comeback try for Molloy ended there, as Bridgeport pulled out the victory.
DellaPorta made a game-high five saves for the Lions. Hansson stopped two for the Purple Knights, who owned a 12-7 clip in shots. Meanwhile, Molloy held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Colley registered a game-best three shots for Bridgeport.
Head Coach Danny Longo and the Lions return to action on Thursday (Sept. 13) when Molloy faces Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foe Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.