Women's Soccer Holds Off Corning, Win 3-2

Women's Soccer Holds Off Corning, Win 3-2

Women's Soccer moved to 5-0-0 on the season, as they defeated Corning 3-2 this afternoon. Away from home for the second time this season, the Kats squared off against a Corning squad who was up to the task on the day.

Corning looked to press forward early on, putting pressure on the Kats defense, only to see their attacks dealt with handily. The Kats settled in and began to control play in stretches, breaking through mid-way through the first half when Abbey Lombard was sent through by a Sam Carey pass, rounding the Red Barons 'keeper to open up the scoring on the day.

Minutes later, Erie stretched the lead to 2 goals when a Lombard shot would ring off the crossbar and onto the foot of Elena Patti for the simple finish.

The start of the second half saw Erie control much of the ball, however Corning was still able to push numbers forward. The Red Barons cut the Kats lead to 2-1 after a scramble atop the Erie box found the foot of a Corning midfielder, who found the net on a beautiful shot from the right side of goal.

Erie would answer soon after, when Lombard beat a Corning defender, and her shot beat the goalkeeper from what appeared to be an impossible angle to the far post.

Corning never quit, continuing to attack and seeing the score line cut closer again, when they would finish a cross from a corner kick making the score 3-2. It would be an incredible save by Hannah Clarkson minutes earlier that held the score in tact prior to the Red Barons 2nd goal.

That's how the game would ultimately end, and the Kats were able to remain unbeaten.

"It was the most physical game we've been in this season, and certainly the most dangerous team we've seen" Coach Gary Boughton remarked after the game.

"Corning caused problems for us, and we struggled many times throughout the game" he continued. "I think we need to be a little more discipline to our game and individual roles at times, but overall, we were tested today by a tough team and came out with a well earned win."

"Sometimes you have to win the tough, messy games. That's what champions do, and that's our goal this season" Boughton closed with.

The Kats are on the road again next Wednesday, when they travel to Monroe Community College to face the Tribunes at 4pm.