By Amie Canfield
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Vassar women’s soccer team capitalized on a pair of second half goals to break a tie and rally for the 4-2 victory over Oneonta State on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Field. With the victory, the Brewers move to 3-2 on the season, while the Red Dragons slip to 0-5 overall.
Locked in a 2-2 tie following a tally in the 76th minute from the visitors, the Brewers mounted the pressure, throwing the offense at the Red Dragons goalie. After several attempts, Vassar pulled ahead in the 86th minute following an outstanding corner from sophomore Cate Greene. Sending the ball into the middle, the players scrambled for purchase, but an Oneonta defender inadvertently kicked the ball into the left corner of the net for the own goal and a 3-2 home team lead.
Just under three minutes later, the Brewers tacked on their fourth of the contest following a great feed from junior Adie Amore. Banking into the middle, Amore lofted a shot in toward the left side of the goal. Senior Skylar Herrera-Ross found the ball, heading it in past the Red Dragons keeper for the two-goal edge (4-2).
The Brewers opened the game’s scoring on the day as rookie midfielder London Wilkes collected the ball that went wide left on an attempted Herrera-Ross header. Settling it, Wilkes fired off a shot into the left corner for the 1-0 edge. Oneonta rallied in the 19th minute, as junior forwrd Abbey Wood sent in a perfectly placed ball on the corner attempt. Rookie defender Shannon Lowney was there at the left corner to head it in past Vassar keeper Julia Reigrut for the 1-1 tie.
Vassar owned a 2-1 lead at halftime as Amore clipped it in down the middle off a pass from sophomore forward Ariana Pjetr with seconds left in the opening half.
The home team flexed its muscle in several categories on the day, owning a 17-3 advantage in shots, while also holding a 4-3 edge in corners.
In the Vassar net, Reigrut did not have any stops while recording her first collegiate victory.
For the Red Dragons, senior Claire Lepper made eight saves.