Women’s soccer loses in shootout

SENIOR DEFENDER KERRY WHITE REACHES OUT for a loose ball with St. Lawrence midfielder Lindsay Geier. The Saints ousted Rensselaer from the Liberty League Playoffs.

Coming off of an impressive 7-0 victory over Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to finish their regular season, women’s soccer hosted St. Lawrence University in the semifinals of the Liberty League Conference tournament. During the first 90 minutes of play, the Engineers held the advantage, putting four shots on goal compared to just one for the Saints. However, neither team scored and the game went into overtime.

After making a save six minutes in, RPI freshman goalie Tori Riopelle wasn’t tested until the 96th minute when a St. Lawrence forward Samantha Rock shot hit the post and she deftly made a save on the rebound. In the 104th minute, freshman forward Dali Alarian had an opportunity in the box to score, but her header was knocked away by St. Lawrence goalie Kelsey West. Then, West made another save a minute and a half later when sophomore forward Cori Winslow hit a good ball towards the Saints net. After two 10 minute periods of overtime, the game remained scoreless and the two teams went into a shootout with their playoff hopes on the line. Senior midfielder Sandy Kirk and senior forward Dana Sailor each converted their penalty kick attempts. However, St. Lawrence made all four of theirs and won the shootout 4-2, ending RPI’s brilliant season one game short of the conference finals.