The women’s soccer team fell to Stevens Institute of Technology by a score of 2-1 yesterday on Carp Wood Field after two overtime periods.
Stevens took the first lead of the game in the 32nd minute to go up 1-0. The Ducks would hold onto that lead for the majority of the game until the Blue and Gold finally broke through in the 78th minute. Junior forward Rachael Palladino scored her 12th goal of the season off a free kick from sophomore defender Anna Gray. Palladino beat two defenders to score the equalizer and knot the game up at 1-1.
The game went into extra time, and both teams went back and forth exchanging shots. Stevens would finally break through though in the final minute of the second overtime to secure the win. The Bombers outshot the Ducks 28-18, but Palladino’s goal was the only one they could muster the entire game. Junior midfielder Julie Winn had a chance to win the game in the beginning of the second extra time period when she had a free kick just outside the penalty area, but her shot went over the crossbar.
Sophomore midfielder Amanda Callanan said it was a grueling game between two goods teams.
“They are a tough competitor in the Empire 8 Conference and any good team is going to be hard to score on”, she said. “I think we had opportunities that we just weren’t able to capitalize on.”
The Bombers have now lost two out of their last three games after going unbeaten through their first nine games of the season. Palladino said the losses of late have been a combination of playing tougher teams and games just not going their way.
“Sometimes the game just doesn’t go your way when you leave it all out on the field,” she said. “We are playing better teams now, and we just need to figure out how to bring what we learn at practice into games.”
The Blue and Gold are now 8-2-2 on the season, and will travel to Elmira College to take on the Soaring Eagles at 4 p.m. Oct. 19.