HOBOKEN, N.J. – A Dahlia Chroscinski header in the 67th minute proved to be the difference, as the Vassar College women’s soccer team (2-2-0) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Stevens (2-2-0) on Sunday at the DeBaun Athletic Complex in each squad’s final game of the 15th Annual Engineering Cup.
Playing in cold and rainy conditions, the Brewers took an early 1-0 lead on Emma Tanner’s ninth-minute goal. Tanner, Vassar’s goal scorer against No. 21 Swarthmore on Friday night, received a cross from Ashley Ferry in the box, and she put it home into the left corner of the goal.
In the 64th minute, Vassar was called for a hand ball in the box off a Stevens corner kick. Julia Panko converted the resulting penalty kick, knotting the score at 1-1. However, the Brewers responded just under three minutes later. Jordan Moss took a free kick and found the head of Chroscinski. The shot was initially saved, but the Stevens goalkeeper couldn’t corral the loose ball, and it trickled into the back of the net for the go-ahead tally. Vassar goalkeeper Fiona Walsh then made a key stop in the 81st minute, as the Brewers held on for the victory.
Chroscinski’s tally, her first career game-winner, was her first since she scored against Western Connecticut State on Sept. 6, 2017. Ferry, meanwhile, assisted on a Tanner goal for the second straight game. Walsh (2-2-0) faced 22 shots and made five saves, including three in the second half.
Panko’s penalty kick resulted in the Ducks’ only goal of the contest. She also led the team with three shots on target. Stevens goalkeeper Erika McCarthy (0-1-0) was credited with one save.
Vassar returns to action with a 7 p.m. matchup at Western Connecticut State (1-3-0) on Wednesday. It will be the final game in a stretch where the Brewers played four straight away from home.