Emma Maffattone’s Late Efforts Evens the Score

By D.J. Bevivino

YONKERS – As rain poured down, soaking the east coast, the Mount traveled south to Yonkers to take on the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons. The weather didn’t relent through the game and neither did the persistence of the women’s soccer team.

Going down early 1-0 in the 14th minute, the Knights had the tough task of battling back. During the 20th minute Genesis De Leon Portillo suffered an injury and was forced to leave the game. When the game resumed the Knights turned the intensity to 11. Minutes later Kaitin Hansen scored on an assist from Lily Tanko, evening the score 1-1. The excitement was dashed only 90 seconds later as the Gryphons once again took the lead.

Soon after the second half started, Sarah Lawrence once again scored, increasing their lead to 3-1. Things were not looking great MSMC, but in moments of need, teams can always count on their leaders, and that is exactly what the Mount did. Mary Langan stepped up and scored, unassisted and halved the deficit. Inspiring her team to not give up, keeper Christina Kakavas urged her team to keep pushing. Four minutes later it paid off, Emma Mihale, dished the ball to Victoria Maffettone, and Vic was able to find the net. The remaining 30 minutes was a back and forth battle, and each teams defense refused to relent. The final whistle blew, and the Mount earned their second draw of the season.

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