Mustangs See First Half Lead Slip Away to JWU
NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida scored three first half goals and led 3-1 at halftime, but saw Johnson & Wales score three times themselves in the second half and emerge with a 4-3 victory in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer action at Alumni Field.
Kayla Sypek (Westhampton, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to cap the comeback rally for the Wildcats, who improve to 5-8-2, with a 3-4-1 mark in the GNAC. Mount Ida's ledger slips to 2-11 (1-7 GNAC).
Mount Ida senior Briana Tomaselli (Warwick, R.I.) scored for the fifth consecutive game, and put Mount Ida on top 2-1 after the teams each scored goals within a two-minute period to open the game. Tomaselli also had an assist in the game, as she fed junior transfer Rachael Reese (Santa Cruz, Calif.), who slotted home her third goal of the year from the right side to give Mount Ida the lead in the 11th minute.
Sarah Murphy (Huntington Station, N.Y.), who had a goal and an assist herself, answered for the Wildcats with her first marker of the year, firing from twenty yards out on a back-pass from Samantha Adams (Denver, Colo.).
Within ten minutes, the Mustangs had built their lead to two goals, thanks to Tomaselli, who beat three defenders into the box, turned and fired low to the right, and Hannah Brackett (Voorheesvile, N.Y.), who scored her second goal of the year when her floater from forty yards got over the hands of starting goalkeeper Cassie Collins (Oswego, N.Y.).
After a first half in which shots were even at nine apiece, the Wildcats pressed the issue from the opening whistle of the second half. They fired 19 shots at the Mount Ida net, defended by sophomore goalie Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.), and broke through just a few minutes after the restart with a goal by Sara Kate Matthews (Northborough, Mass.) similar to the one Brackett had netted for the Mustangs.
The Wildcats continued their relentless pressure, which finally paid off when Emily McClarnon (Wakefield, R.I.) tied the game in the 71st minute with her seventh goal of the year. McClarnon got her head on the end of a set-piece delivered by junior Maggie Castle (Andover, N.J.).
Sypek took the ball into the box on her own and turned around a defender to finish far post, keeping herself level with McClarnon for the team lead with her seventh goal of the year.
Beaulieu made 11 saves, and the Mustangs got a team save from sophomore defender Isabelle Moody (Naugatuck, Conn.), who headed a ball off the line from the foot of Adams two minutes after halftime.
Sophomore Alexa Rose (Lancaster, Pa.) came in for Collins in the 25th minute and made four stops while shutting out the Mustangs through the duration of the game. Rose earned the win to improve to 2-2-1 for the season.
Mount Ida has the rest of the week off, and will travel to Emmanuel next Saturday afternoon to play Emmanuel at 1:00 PM.
The Wildcats will return home at the same time and welcome in the Blue Jays of St. Joseph (Conn.).