Women’s Soccer Clinches No. 3 Seed for NEAC’s

Junior Hannah Dalle (No. 6) scored a goal as the Keuka College women's soccer team knocked off Lancaster Bible College 2-1 Saturday to earn the No. 3 seed for the upcoming NEAC postseason tournament (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Junior Hannah Dalle (No. 6) scored a goal as the Keuka College women's soccer team knocked off Lancaster Bible College 2-1 Saturday to earn the No. 3 seed for the upcoming NEAC postseason tournament (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).

Junior Hannah Dalle (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia) and sophomore Abbey David (Kendall, N.Y./Kendall) each scored goals to lift the Keuka College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Lancaster Bible College Saturday at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

With the win, the Wolfpack (10-5-1, 9-3 NEAC) clinched the No. 3 seed for the upcoming North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament.

Penn State-Berks (16-2, 12-0) is the defending champion, and the Nittany Lions will host the tournament after finishing the regular season undefeated in conference play.

Penn State-Abington (12-4, 11-1) earned the No. 2 seed, with Keuka and Lancaster Bible College (12-5, 9-3) tied for the No. 3 seed. Keuka earned the No. 3 seed after knocking off the Chargers on Saturday.

Lancaster Bible is the No. 4 seed, SUNY Polytechnic (8-9-2, 7-4-1) earned the No. 5 seed, and Cazenovia (8-9-1, 6-5-1) earned the No. 6 seed.

The Wolfpack will host Cazenovia Saturday, Nov. 1 in a NEAC quarterfinal contest at a time to be determined. Lancaster Bible will host SUNY Polytechnic in the other quarterfinal, with Berks and Abington earning byes into the semifinals.

The semifinals are Nov. 8, with the NEAC championship on Nov. 9. The winner earns the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament.

"We worked our tails off for the win today. We just all worked really hard today and we are so excited to have earned the third seed for NEAC's," Dalle said. "We all just wanted this win today. We knew we could win, we fought hard for it and we got it. That's how we should be playing all of the time."

Keuka knocked off Cazenovia 3-1 on Sept. 10, and handed the Wildcats a 4-1 setback in the 2013 NEAC quarterfinals.

Against Lancaster Bible, Dalle staked the Wolfpack to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Dalle went on a breakaway 35 yards out, got behind the defense, tapped the ball around Lancaster Bible keeper Kaitlyn Scheuing (three saves) and scored inside the near post for her third goal of the year.

"I saw the goalie's hands were up high instead of being down low, so I picked a corner, I hoped for the best and it went in," Dalle said. "I was so excited to score a big goal in a game like this that had a big impact on the postseason."

The Chargers netted the equalizer on Monica Lambertson's goal in the 32nd minute, but the Wolfpack weren't tied for long.

After a foul was called inside the box, David stepped up and buried the penalty kick, her seventh goal of the year.

The Chargers controlled possession for the second half, and outshot the Wolfpack 4-0 after halftime, but freshman Kenna Kosinski (Mumford, N.Y./Caledonia-Mumford) made five saves to clinch the win for the Green and Gold.

Lancaster's best second-half scoring opportunity came when Rachel Kumher ripped a shot from 15 yards out that sailed wide of the goal with 14:43 remaining in regulation.

The defense, led by Dalle, sophomores Kassandra Bailey (Fillmore, N.Y./Fillmore), Alexis Pomerville (Newton Falls, N.Y./Clifton Fine), Kaitlyn Talbot (Hornell, N.Y./Arkport) and freshman Sarah Hartman (Macedon, N.Y./Wayne) stood tall and clamped down every time Lancaster Bible threatened.