SECOND-HALF TALLY LIFTS CALDWELL OVER WOMEN'S SOCCER, 1-0
CALDWELL, N.J. (Oct. 17, 2011) - Stuck in a scoreless tie with 18-plus minutes left in regulation on Monday, Caldwell College freshman midfielder Emily Boehler (Shrewsbury, N.J.) recorded the eventual game-winning tally from five yards out to clip the Molloy College women's soccer team, 1-0, in a non-conference match at Caldwell Field in Caldwell, N.J. With the decision, the Lions now boast a record of 8-7 overall on the season. Meanwhile, the Cougars improved to a clip of 6-6-1.
Molloy, which owned a 16-6 advantage in shots in the contest, had an opportunity to strike early in the game, as it earned a penalty kick in the 13th-minute. Junior back Alyssa Faller (Floral Park, N.Y.) took the shot, but freshman goalkeeper Robin Franchini (Sewell, N.J.) made a save to keep the match at a 0-0 standstill. After that try, the maroon and white posted the next six shots, one of which only reached Franchini on an attempt by Allison Sloper (Williston Park, N.Y.). Molloy freshman goalie Nicole DellaPorta (West Babylon, N.Y.) stopped a shot just before the break, leaving the game scoreless at the half.
For the first 20 minutes of the latter, both squads had their chances, but were unable to convert. But, in the 72nd-minute, the hosts finally broke through on a tally by Boehler. Sophomore forward Julie Crankshaw (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) and freshman striker Natalie Miyoga (Lincoln Park, N.J.) were credited with the dual assist on the play. Following that score, Molloy was unable to register a shot against Franchini, as attempts by Valentine, Brittany Bauer (Hicksville, N.Y.) as well as Danielle Pigott (Bethpage, N.Y.) went astray.
Between the pipes, Franchi made five saves for Caldwell, while DellaPorta knocked down three shots for Molloy. Overall, the Cougars sported a 6-3 clip in corner kicks. Valentine had the game-high in shots for the Lions with six. Bauer and sophomore back/midfielder Sami Saad (Valley Stream, N.Y.) chipped in three shots apiece.
Head Coach Danny Longo and his women's squad return to the field next Wednesday (Sept. 26) in Molloy's 2011 home finale against Concordia College in another East Coast Conference/Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tilt. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.