BUFFALO, N.Y. - The D’Youville women’s soccer team returned to Dobson Field Saturday afternoon, opening East Coast Conference play with cross-town rival, Daemen, falling 3-1. The setback puts the Saints at 1-3 on the season with an early 0-1 mark in league play.
A cagey first 20 minutes kept the teams scoreless before Tayjana Scalisi broke the deadlock with a goal in the 24th minute on an assist from Emily Mogavero that put the guests up 1-0. Daemen (2-3 overall, 1-0 ECC) didn’t waste any time doubling their advantage when Scalisi picked up her third point of the half with an assist to Baylin Tighe in the 31st minute.
Just before the stroke of halftime, junior Maggie Leeds stepped up for the Saints to cut the Wildcat lead in half. On a free-kick from about 40 yards out, Leads placed her shot into the top of the Daemen net for D’Youville’s first ECC goal in program history.
The conference foes played a tight second half as D’Youville tried to level the match in the final 45 minutes. A goal in the final seconds from Faye Panagopoulos on another assist from Scalisi put the Saints away for good.
The Wildcats outshot the Saints on the afternoon, 20-4, placing 14 of their shots on frame while the Saints put two of their four chances on net … Leeds and graduate transfer Kavina Ganeshan tallied shots on goal for the Saints.
Leeds’ free-kick goal at the end of the first half was her second goal of the season and fourth of her D’Youville career … This is the first season the junior has scored more than once.
Between the D’Youville posts, junior Laurie Poeller collected a season-high 11 saves … Her 26 saves on the season are tied for fifth-best in the ECC and her .813 save percentage is tied for fourth in the league.
The Saints return to play with a non-conference road match with former AMCC rivals, Medaille on Tuesday, September 21 with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.