CANANDAIGUA – Yesterday's meeting with the nation's fourth ranked team in Alfred State College posed to be a great one for the #2 nationally ranked Lady Lakers. The hype surrounding the game leading up to it was extreme. The game itself lived up to the hype. In front of a packed home crowd yesterday, Finger Lakes was looking to pick up its 15th victory of the season. Alfred State, known as the Lady Pioneers, entered the contest with hopes of conquering its 13th straight win.
On what was a sunny and calm day weather wise, the visitors walked onto FLCC's field supporting a 12-1 record. They ended up leaving it donning a 13-1 record. Alfred State, who was down early in the contest – thanks to an early Lady Laker goal, nudged Finger Lakes (14-1-1, 3-0 MSAC) – 2-1.
Early on in the game, it looked like the Lady Lakers were going to be in control – as they notched a goal almost right off the bat. Slightly under the 2-minute marker, Finger Lakes sophomore Hannah Dalle entered Alfred State's net with a smoothly placed shot. Cayli Carmona assisted her goal. It felt as if the momentum was going to be on the side of Finger Lakes after Dalle's helper. Well, that wasn't the case – as the Lady Pioneers delivered a great effort throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.
Alfred State, who outshot the Lady Lakers 14-9 on Tuesday, switched the momentum of the game towards its side late in the first half when it evened things up at one with a Kali Muhleisen helper.
The game read 1-1 on the scoreboard entering intermission. Heading into the second 45 minutes, the audience continued to witness a great game. The contest, which felt like a postseason one, would favor the Lady Pioneers at minute 68. That is when the game-winning goal was had – as Muhleisen notched her second marker of the day.
After Muhleisen's goal was had, the game would remain scoreless for the final 22 minutes of it. Overall, the Lady Pioneers kept the Lady Lakers offense in check by administering a solid defensive effort. On an offensive note, Alfred State held a great portion of the game in its possession. The 14 shots that the Lady Pioneers fired at the Lady Lakers goal was a hefty amount – but – credit FLCC's keeper Kristy Kirkpatrick for defending and putting a halt to a great deal of them. She kept her team in the game by making several impressive stops. Kirkpatrick finished the 90-minute showdown with 7 saves.
Alfred State will now travel to Syracuse, NY for its next game, which is slated for tomorrow when they take on Bryant & Stratton College.
Finger Lakes will remain at home for its next game. They will host conference foes Cayuga CC on Friday (10/12) at 4:00 p.m.