Down to the wire

by Jean Merlain / Beacon Staff • September 19, 2012

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Senior Elizabeth Corti races back to defend.
Senior Elizabeth Corti races back to defend.

Down by one at the half, the Emerson women’s soccer team had its eyes and mind set on scoring, hoping for a chance to take the lead. 

The Lions rallied to score two second-half goals on Saturday afternoon, but Albertus Magnus College crumpled Emerson’s chance to win by pushing the home team to double-overtime and netting one final goal, leaving the score 2-2.

Albertus Magnus midfielder Dakota Sobiech scored the first goal early on a shot off the post. It was up to the Lions to become more aggressive and to take charge of the field. 

Fearing a second goal from the Falcons, the Lions pulled together and took advantage of every loose ball kicked by the opposing team. 

But neither side went down without a fight.

With both teams having won  four of their previous games, all of  the players came onto Rotch Field playing with high energy, hoping to claim victory.

By the end, the Lions and Falcons walked away with a tie. 

Emerson freshman defender Riana Odin first put the Lions on the board with her second goal of the season by hitting an unassisted long-range shot 10 feet inside the midfield and soaring it into the upper pocket of the net. 

“I walked up to it and took the score. Once I scored, it woke me up,” she said. 

Soon after, freshman forward Marissa Iamartino scored Emerson’s second goal off an assist from sophomore forward Jamie Toscano. Iamartino crossed the Falcons’ defenders and put the ball in the back right corner of the net, giving the Lions the 2-1 lead.  

The crowd went wild, and the Lions’ energy picked up as they tried to maintain lead for the remainder of the game. 

The Falcons wasted little time, responding five minutes later with their second goal. Albertus Magnus forward Danielle Figueroa kicked a breakaway along the right side, into the left corner and past Emerson goalie Allie Altman. Figueroa’s first goal of the season tied the game at 2-2,  forcing what would become double overtime.

As the clock ticked, the Lions became more dependent on Altman. Her 15 saves throughout the game more than doubled the Falcons’ seven.  

“The game was a lot of pressure, but we got more confident in the second half,” the sophomore said.

However, not all of the players were satisfied with the outcome. 

“I think this was our worst game — we usually play with positive energy,” said freshman midfielder Costanza Prandoni, who had two shots on goal during the game. 

Looking at the roster, the Falcons are an older team, consisting mainly of upperclassmen who have played in previous seasons; only five of 20 players are freshmen. To a team composed of 14 freshmen, about half of the whole roster, the Falcons could seem intimidating.

But to Head Coach David Suvak, this is not a concern.  

“[Our] players have a good flavor and desire to compete,” said Suvak. “They’ve proved that they can play at Albertus’ level.” 

Emerson suffered its first loss of  the season last night against Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a 2-0 shutout. The team will take on St. Joseph’s College on Saturday.