Wolves Fall in Shootout at Elmira

Kassidy Valentine (44) made a career-high 23 saves on Tuesday at Elmira
Kassidy Valentine (44) made a career-high 23 saves on Tuesday at Elmira

PINE VALLEY, N.Y. — The Keuka College Field Hockey team lost in a shootout 3-1 to hosts Elmira College, losing the game by the official score of 2-1 in a non-conference game on Tuesday.

Keuka College (4-9, 2-0 NEAC) got a career effort from goalie Kassidy Valentine. The junior made a career-high 23 saves for the Green and Gold. Scoring in the game for the Wolves was Alyssa Orsino with Nicole Wilson getting the assist.

Elmira College 2 vs. Keuka College 1 – Elmira wins shootout 3-1

Elmira College had the advantage in most of the opening period. The Soaring Eagles held a 3-2 advantage in penalty corners and led in shots 8-2. Kassidy Valentine would make seven saves in the first half as the game would be sent to halftime scoreless.

Keuka College went forward in the second half. The Wolves had multiple corners in the opening minutes. In the 43rd minute, Nicole Wilson sent a through ball up the field and found Alyssa Orsino at the right corner of the goal. The senior scored to give Keuka a 1-0 lead. Elmira had a chance to tie the game midway through the second half. The Soaring Eagles were awarded a penalty stroke, but goalie Kassidy Valentine came up huge for the Wolves with the save. However, the Elmira pressure would be too much. Elmira continued to press and got a goal off of a penalty corner to tie the game at 1-1. Keuka attempted to answer with a pair of shots, but both were saved and the game went to overtime.

In the first overtime period, Keuka and Elmira each registered shots on goal, but all attempts were saved. In the second, Elmira had the run of play. The Soaring Eagles had five corners in the frame, but Valentine made five saves and the game went to a shootout.

The opening two attempts were for Keuka College were stopped in the shootout and Elmira made one of their two. After the Soaring Eagles took a 2-0 lead, Shelby Lamb converted her attempt to narrow the margin. The fourth round would result in a pair of saves and in the fifth, Elmira clinched it with an opening goal to win the shootout 3-1 and the game 2-1.

KC Notes:

  • Elmira College improves to 3-1 all-time against Keuka College
  • It was the third shootout of the year for the Wolves. Keuka College had won the previous two
  • Alyssa Orsino scored her seventh goal of the season, breaking her own career-high and moving into second on the single-season scoring list
  • The 23 saves by Kassidy Valentine was the fourth most in a game in program history
  • To go along with the 23 saves by Valentine, sophomore Michaela Marrero added a pair of defensive saves against Elmira

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return to their home field on Thursday as Keuka College hosts Lancaster Bible College at 4pm. It will be the first ever meeting between the two North Eastern Athletic Conference teams as Keuka College will look to close out a perfect 3-0 conference record.