ITHACA, NY – The Iona College women's soccer team lost on Friday night, 3-1, at Cornell. Sophomore Faith Preziosi tied the game with her second goal of the season in the first half, but the Big Red scored twice in the second period to secure a victory.
The Big Red possessed the ball in the Gaels' zone for much of the first 10 minutes of the match. Cornell got on the board in the sixth minute, as Matthews put one past Emma Havrilla from the far side of the box in close.
Preziosi found the equalizer in the 33rd minute of action, firing a shot from just outside the left side of the box past Shulman. Preziosi and the Gael offense kept the pressure up offensively after the goal, letting off two more shots, one on net, in the following six minutes.
Cornell had two great chances in the final two minutes of the half. The first came off the left foot of Mariner after a pass got through the Iona defense in the box, but Havrilla got her left hand on it to keep things tied. The second chance once again came from right in front of the net but the try from Bubrick sailed over the crossbar and out of bounds.
The Big Red would untie things in the 55th minute after a bouncing ball was one-timed into the top left corner of the net from outside the box by Durik. Six minutes later, Durik would strike again; once again, she found a loose ball, this time inside the box, pushing it past Havrilla on the left side to give Cornell a 3-1 lead with 27 minutes to play.
Preziosi had a shot from outside the box sail a couple a feet over the crossbar with 20 minutes to play as Iona continued to try and battle back. It would be all that the Maroon & Gold could muster as the clock ran out on the comeback attempt.
Iona will host St. Bonaventure on Monday, September 2 on Mazzella Field at 3 PM. The match will be broadcasted on Iona Insider.
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