Women’s Soccer Earns No. 6 Seed
October 27, 2012
Senior Nicole Sharick (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) scored three goals and junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) added two goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Keuka College women’s soccer team dropped a tough, 6-5 overtime decision to SUNYIT Saturday in Utica, N.Y.
With the loss Keuka (8-6, 8-4 North Eastern Athletic Conference) earned the sixth seed in the upcoming NEAC postseason tournament, which starts Wednesday and runs through Nov. 4.
Penn State-Berks (11-0-1) clinched the No. 1 seed and will host the tournament. Lancaster Bible College (11-1) finished in second place, followed by Penn State-Harrisburg (10-2), Penn State-Abington (8-3-1), SUNYIT (8-4) and the Storm.
While SUNYIT and Keuka finished with identical records in conference play, the Wildcats get the No. 5 seed and Keuka the No. 6 seed based on SUNYIT defeating Keuka Saturday.
The Storm, which guaranteed themselves a winning record for the seventh straight season, will play at No. 3 seeded Harrisburg Wednesday afternoon at a time to be determined in the quarterfinals.
Sharick scored twice in the first half, in the 17th minute and 31st minute, to stake the Green and Gold to a 2-0 lead.
When SUNYIT’s Megan Peterson scored in the 36th minute, it snapped a streak of 498 minutes without a goal scored on Keuka. The Wildcats attack didn’t stop there, scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 lead.
Abbey Hanehan scored on a penalty kick in the 37th minute to knot the score at two, and the score remained tied heading into halftime.
Six minutes into the second half, Dakota Hanley put SUNYIT ahead 3-2, and Hanehan made it a two-goal game with her goal off a corner kick in the 62nd minute.
That’s when a quick-strike Storm attack got to work. Junior Brooke Lovell (Arkport, NY/Arkport) played a cross from the left side into Bandrowski, who beat the keeper one-on-one to slice the Keuka deficit to 4-3 in the 64th minute.
Less than thirty seconds later, Sharick tied the game on an unassisted goal, her 22nd in just 14 games to extend her Keuka record for most goals in a season.
The game remained tied until late in regulation, when both teams scored just 16 seconds apart. Kristina Strang put SUNYIT ahead 5-4 before Bandrowski tied the game at five with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
Neither team could net the winner in regulation, and the game headed to overtime, Keuka’s first overtime contest of the season.
Dakota Hanley ended the game on a tally in the 95th minute, to snap the Storm’s five-game winning streak.
Keuka was outshot 26-14, including 3-0 in overtime. Sophomore Marriah Gough (Oneida, NY/Stockbridge Valley) stopped five shots in the loss.
Sharick, the Storm’s all-time leading goal scorer, upped her career total to 56 goals and is currently third in the country among Division III players in goals per game (1.57). It was her ninth multi-goal game of the year.
Sharick has scored a goal in nine of the Storm’s 14 games, and every time she’s scored, she’s had at least two goals, including a three-goal gem during a 4-1 road win over Gallaudet University on Sept. 23.
Bandrowski recorded the sixth multi-goal game of the year and is currently 14th in the nation in goals per game (1.29).