LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Hartford reserve Ashley Claud scored twice in the final 11 minutes as the Hawks rallied late to stun Siena Women’s Soccer 2-1 at Siena Field. Claud first tied the match in the 80th minute, and then scored the game-winner just over seven minutes later to put the two-time defending America East Regular Season Champion in front with just 3:13 to play.
Sophomore midfielder Gabby Albano scored for the Saints (1-2-2), which controlled play over the first 45 minutes in holding a 5-2 advantage in shots and a 4-0 margin in corners. Albano found the back of the net in the 11th minute, taking several dribbles off a throw in from the left by freshman back Hanna Longendyke, and lofting a perfectly placed 25-yard shot just inside the far right post.
But Hartford (3-1) would turn up the pressure in the second half looking for the tying goal. The Hawks amassed 15 shots over the final stanza, placing nine on target in what was a tale of two halves for the Hartford offense.
And the Hawks would finally break through in the 80th minute when Claud put home the rebound after teammate Sierra Stone’s initial shot hit off the post. Then, with time winding down in regulation, Claud found herself in the right place at the right time once more. After Bridgette Alexander’s shot was blocked, the ball deflected to Claud who put home the decisive tally.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kamryn Peffley made all seven of her saves during a busy second half in goal for Siena.
Jessica Jurg made four of Hartford’s five saves in goal, with the other stop proving to be key in the 84th minute. After Jurg initially saved a shot by the Saints’ sophomore striker Meghan Riccardi, junior forward Casey Scott sent the rebound towards the open goal but a Hawks’ defender saved it off the line to keep the match tied at that late juncture.
The Saints will look to bounce back when they return to action Monday for a 2 p.m. Labor Day kickoff at Binghamton.