Three Second-Half Goals Push Union Over Wick

October 30, 2014

            ONEONTA, NY – For the third straight season, three tallies in the second half has led the Union College Dutchwomen past the Hartwick Hawks in women’s soccer. Union (9-3-2) broke the deadlock tonight 2:05 into the second session and later added goals in a fourteen and a half minute window for a 3-0 win on Elmore Friday night. The match was being played two days after being postponed due to weather conditions on Wednesday.
            The game was scoreless through 45 minutes of action with both teams limited in scoring chances. The most dangerous for the Hawks coming on a Cami Cleaveland (Oneonta, NY/Oneonta) service into the Union box that Dutchwomen keeper Allison Brustowicz would punch away. Kylie Thayer (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) would head the rebound back toward goal but Brustowicz had recovered on the play and she made the save.
            Both teams finished the half with four shots each. Union had three shots on target to Hartwick’s two.
            Union would jump in front early after the break. Leading scorer Whitney Bickford would win a tackle near the top of the box. She made moves around a pair of Hartwick backs and her left-footer from seventeen yards swung away from keeper Alley Maurer (Jackson, NJ/Old Bridge) and into the far corner leaving her no chance at saving it.
            The Hawks missed a great chance to even the match a short time later. ’Wick earned a free kick 35 yards from goal which Thayer served into the mixer. The ball squirted through everyone without a Hawk getting a foot to it.
             At 56:09, the Dutchwomen added to their lead. A ball near the penalty spot was deflected by a Hartwick player to the far post where an unmarked Jessica Farland stood. She made no mistake finishing past Maurer for the two-goal Union lead.
            With just under 20 minutes remaining, a ’Wick foul 20 yards out allowed Union’s Breanna Derella to put her free kick up high out of the reach of Maurer for the Dutchwomen’s third tally of the match.
            The Hawks closed the night with a 12-11 edge in shots. They had a 5-2 advantage in corners. Maurer stopped two shots in the ’Wick goal. Allison Brustowicz made three saves to earn the clean sheet for Union.
            Hartwick (7-5-1) faces another Liberty League foe in its next match on Tuesday. The Hawks host Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Elmore beginning at 7 p.m.


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