WOMEN'S SOCCER CLIPPED BY LOCK HAVEN, 1-0
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2011) - Tied 0-0 nearly four minutes into the latter half, Lock Haven University rookie forward Jamie Hunter (Mount Joy, Pa.) controlled a turnover in the box, and notched the lone goal of the game. She kicked a shot into the top shelf of the net, posting a 1-0 result for the Bald Eagles over the Molloy College women's soccer squad on Tuesday afternoon at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Despite giving up the tally, freshman keeper Nicole DellaPorta (West Babylon, N.Y.) made a game-high six saves in the loss for the Lions.
During the first half, which saw the two squads combine for just 10 shots total, Lock Haven and Molloy managed to put just a pair of shots on net each. Sophomore midfielder/forwards Natalie Meringolo (Huntington, N.Y.) and Allison Sloper (Williston Park, N.Y.) had their attempts stopped by LHU senior keeper Hayley Zinn (Wyomissing, Pa.), who made four saves on the afternoon. Meanwhile, DellaPorta turned away shots by sophomore midfielder Morgan Rogers (Glenmoore, Pa.) and rookie midfielder Courtney Najmola (Ridley Park, Pa.). The two teams eventually went into the break in a scoreless stalemate.
Early into the second half, Hunter took advantage of a error by the Lions' (4-4) defense in the box. DellaPorta came out of the goal to throw off the angle, but the Mount Joy native chipped a shot just under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead. She looked to add an insurance tally on a few occasions. However, DellaPorta came up with the save each time. Molloy's best chance to knot the game was in the 79th-minute. Sloper sent a cross from the far corner toward the net, which was headed on by junior forward Nicole Valentine (Massapequa, N.Y.). Her attempt sailed to the far side of the goal, touched of Zinn's hand and the crossbar.
She added another pair of headers as the clock dwindled down to zero, but both tries went wide. Overall, the Lions sported a 6-4 clip in corner kicks, while the Bald Eagles (1-4-1) had a 15-14 edge in shots. Valentine and Hunter tied for the game-high in shots with four each.
Head Coach Danny Longo and his squad is back in action on Wednesday (Sept. 28) when Molloy hosts Le Moyne College in a non-conference battle in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The opening kick is scheduled for 3 p.m.