ALBANY, N.Y. Ashleigh Barone’s breakaway goal in the final minute of play snapped a tied game and lifted Siena to a 3-2 win over Army in a final round women’s soccer game at the Governor’s Cup Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field. Barone had a hand in all three goals, assisting on the first and scoring back-to-back tallies in the second half.
The Black Knights (5-4) rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the first half with a pair for goals from senior Sara Goss and freshman Dymon Washington to head into intermission leading 2-1.
Two minutes after Siena’s Stephanie’s DiMari opened the scoring, Goss scored the equalizer on a header off freshman Lindsay Gordon’s corner kick at the 13:44 mark. The goal was the first of the season for Goss and career ninth, while Gordon recorded her first assist.
Plebe Dymon Washington, who ranks among the Patriot League’s scoring leaders, snapped the tie with a left footed shot from the top of the box off an assist from Ashleigh Sheets in the 22nd minute. The goal is Washington’s team-leading third of the season, while Sheets recorded her second helper.
Five minutes prior to Barone’s game-tying tally in the second half, Army had three dangerous chances with Pia White’s second attempt hitting the crossbar after her first went high, while a shot by Goss in the 58th minute just missed the top of the net. Barone tied the game 2-2 in the 63rd minute with her seventh tally of the season.
Siena (5-0-1) keeper Laura Ellinger recorded seven saves in the first half and three in the second half including back-to-back shots just two minutes apart by Christine O’Leary and Julia Stallard with the score tied 2-2.
Army’s Alex Lostetter also pulled up with a pair of late saves within a five-minute span in finishing with four stops before Barone notched the game winner with just 51 seconds left in regulation. The Black Knights outshot the Saints 15-5 and 25-18 for the game, but Siena held a 13-10 margin in the second half.
The Black Knights finished third in the tournament with a 1-1 mark, while Goss and freshman defender Julia Stallard were named to the all-tournament team. Siena edged Sacred Heart for the team title after winning the second tiebreaker for total goals scored, 5-3, after both posed identical 1-0-1 records. Host Albany finished fourth with an 0-2 mark.
Army closes out a seven-game road slate when it visits Marist Friday followed by a home match at Clinton Field against Central Connecticut State Sunday afternoon.
NOTES: Army suffered its first loss in its 10-game series with Siena, which the Black Knights show an 8-1-1 advantage .... it is the first time Army has lost a game this year when it has outshot its opponent ... second time that the Black Knights have participated at this tournament.
Annika Hanson, UAlbany
Rebecca Lee, UAlbany
Julia Stallard, Army
Sarah Goss, Army
Leigh Dogmanits, Sacred Heart
Defensive MVP Jasmine Rodriguez, Sacred Heart
Jackie Sharp, Sacred Heart
Cara Reilly, Siena
Offensive MVP Ashleigh Barone, Siena
Sam Butzke, Siena
Maren Serafine, Siena