MOREAU’S DIVING SAVES AGAINST THE RHYTHM IN THE CLOSING SECONDS OF THE REGULATION NAMED THE PLAY OF THE WEEK AVERAGE
Syracuse, NY – For the week of September 13-19, Le Moyne College’s athletic department has selected the women’s soccer goalie that of Allison Moreau (Sauquoit, NY / Sauquoit Valley) dipping against Pace University in the dying seconds of regulation to keep the tie 1-1 and send the game into overtime as the game of the week. The Northeast-10 Conference game took place at the Ted Grant Field on Wednesday, September 15, and ended in a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes.
With 20 seconds left in the game, both teams were desperate for the go-ahead goal. After 89 minutes of tough, physical football, played mostly in the pouring rain, both teams were exhausted and Pace surprised the sleeping Dolphins with a lightning-fast counterattack. After most of the 22 players on the pitch gathered at Le Moyne’s third striker, the ball was knocked out towards midfield and landed at the feet of Setter junior midfielder Cecilia Puentes. Standing about fifteen yards from the center of the pitch, Puentes circled the ball as it passed her and hit it once in the direction of Pace forward Allison Carr.
Le Moyne central defender Vittoria Fuduli (East Meadow, NY / East Meadow) stepped forward to challenge Carr as she dribbled through the Dolphins’ third line with the clock showing just 10 seconds left in regulation. Carr managed to make a pass before Fuduli could reach it, finding second-year forward Amber Probasco with a diagonal pass behind the Dolphin defense. Probasco, rush towards the goal with a single goalkeeper Allison Moreau to beat, gave the Pace Setters a great opportunity to give the go-ahead and defeat Conference opponent Le Moyne on the Dolphins field for the first time since 2010.
Probasco would have had a clear path to the goal without the scramble Rylee alston (Endwell, NY / Maine-Endwell), who continued to chase after Pace’s quick striker and forced her to rush her breakaway attempt, influencing a wider bad touch to the right that Probasco would have liked to take and defying attacking her as she got the shot.
Probasco’s shot taken from the center right of Le Moyne’s 18-yard box with his right boot stayed on the ground and spun along the grass across the goal face. Moreau was forced to go to the ground, diving to her right and picking up the ball with both hands without giving up a rebound. Le Moyne supporters were able to breathe a sigh of relief with the ball safely in Moreau’s arms as the countdown hit zero and the game was headed for extra time.
Moreau made another save in the second overtime period, once again making a big play at a crucial time for the Dolphins.
Le Moyne College’s women’s soccer team is back in action on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. when they face off against the conference opponent American International College at Ronald J. Abdow Stadium.