FARMINGDALE – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Soccer team dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker Saturday afternoon in the First Round of the 2022 Skyline Conference Championship. Kaitlin Hansen and Maggie Zecca provided the goals for the Knights, but Farmingdale found the game winner with just over two minutes left in regulation to advance to the Semifinal Round on Wednesday.
Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary to 6-11-3 overall on the season, while the Rams improve to 9-9-3.
The third seeded Rams wasted little time getting on the board Saturday afternoon, with Victoria Gonzalez scoring her first goal of the season in the fifth minute. She finished off an assist from Celina Schenk at the 4:31 mark of the tilt.
Mount Saint Mary battled back to level the score at 1-1 in the 20th minute on Hansen’s team leading 10th goal of the season. She found the back of the net at 19:23 to bring the Mount even at a goal apiece.
The Hansen marker closed out the scoring in the first half as the two side entered the intermission tied at 1-1.
Farmingdale State finished the opening 45 minutes with a slim 6-4 advantage in shots.
First half corner kicks also went to the Rams by a 2-1 margin.
Mount Saint Mary goalkeeper Caroline Brucato kept the Knights even after a half with four first half saves.
Chloe Kensell closed the opening stanza with a pair of saves for the Rams.
With the score tied 1-1, the two teams traded goals just over two minutes apart 15 minutes into the second half to move the score to 2-2.
Farmingdale State grabbed its second one goal lead at the 57:20 mark when Julissa Martinez converted a penalty kick.
The Knights rallied again with Zecca finding the back of the net for the third time in 2022 with an unassisted goal just 2:20 later.
The game remained tied until the closing minutes of regulation when Farmingdale State found the game winner with just 2:33 left in the second frame.
Alyse Rivera scored for the 11th time this season off a passing combination from Emily Zeblisky and Jazzmin Terrell at the 87:27 mark of the tilt to give the Rams the final 3-2 advantage.
The Rams closed the second stanza with a 7-2 advantage in shots.
Farmingdale State took the only corner kick in the second half.
Brucato made a single save after the break for the Mount.
For The Knights
Hansen pushed her team lead in goals to 10 and points to 23 with her first half tally.
Zecca pushed her season point total to nine with her third marker of the year.
Six different Knights finished the contest with a shot with Angie Mainiero and Darla Petricca joining Hansen and Zecca with shots on target.
Brucato finished the contest with five saves in goal for the Knights, finishing the season with a team-high 53 stops.
For The Rams
Rivera scored her 11th goal of the season and her second game winning goal with the late second half tally. She moves into a tie for the team-high in points with 26.
Gonzalez became the 13th different Ram to score a goal in 2022 with the opening goal of the game.
Martinez pushed her season point total to 21 with the penalty kick goal.
Zeblisky picked up her sixth assist of the season on the game winning goal and joins Rivera with a team-high 26 points.
Zeblisky led all players in the game with four shots, including two on goal.
Kensell earned the win in goal with two saves on the day.
Farmingdale State finished the day with a 13-8 advantage in overall shots and doubled up the Mount in shots on goal b an 8-4 count.
The Rams held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks in the game.
Fouls in the tilt were whistled 21-15 against the Knights.
Mount Saint Mary sees its season end at 6-11-3.