Sunday, September 9, 2012

UAlbany Uses Second-Half Offensive Surge To Defeat Cornell In Women's Soccer Action

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

ALBANY, N.Y.- Senior forward Shayla Bergeron's second consecutive multi-point match leads UAlbany over Cornell, 5-2, on Sunday, September 7 at the Plumeri Sports Complex. Bergeron has now tallied three goals and two assists in the last two matches to help the Great Danes go on a two-match winning streak and improve to 3-3-1.

"I was excited to see 5 of our seniors get involved and score some great goals tonight", said head coach Mary-Frances Monroe on the win. "Their leadership on the field really sets the tone for this group on game day".

With the Great Danes leading 1-0 at the half, UAlbany (3-3-1) had a big offensive surge for the second consecutive match. Senior forward Despina Psomopoulos lead the charge just ten minutes into the half, scoring the Danes second goal of the match. Then in the 68th minute, senior forward Shayla Bergeron, who tallied the match's first goal, lofted a pass to teammate Maggie DeVerna who would use her head to add to the lead and go up 3-0.

Cornell's Xandra Hompe would stop the bleeding in the 69th minute with the Big Red's first goal. Hompe was assisted by Maneesha Chitanvis to cut the deficit to two, 3-1.

The Great Danes Chelsea DeVerna and Regina Nowick, however, would add insurance goals in the 71st and 81st minutes of the match to give UAlbany its third win of the season.

UAlbany goalkeeper Alana Brennan would tally a career-high nine saves on 11 chances and record her third win of the season. Cornell goalkeeper Tori Crist would make two saves on five chances in the loss.

The Great Danes prepare for a two-match road trip that begins against Rhode Island on Friday, September 21 (7 p.m.).

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