SOMERSET, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth senior midfielder Kelly O’Dell scored two goals but the Screaming Eagles fell short in their attempt to rally back from a second-half deficit on Saturday morning as they were defeated by Cazenovia 5-3 in North Eastern Athletic Conference soccer action at Soccer Centers.
The Screaming Eagles (2-5, 1-3 NEAC) got the first goal off a set piece, something CSE has excelled at the start of the season. In the fourth minute of action, midfielder Amy Rowe sent a corner kick toward the front post where a wide-open O’Dell one-touched the ball off her right foot, past the Cazenovia goalkeeper and into the net.
It is the sixth goal of the season for O’Dell and the third assist for Rowe.
Cazenovia (6-2-1, 3-1 NEAC) got the equalizer in the 27th minute when Emily Graham settled with the ball at the top of the CSE penalty box and topped a chip shot just under the cross bar.
The Wildcats struck again before halftime, volleying in a corner kick in the 39th minute.
The shot totaled swayed in the visitors’ favor at the intermission (8-6 CAZ) while the corners listed at two per side.
Cazenovia struck early in the second half, taking a three-goal lead with a pair of scores by Graham in the opening five minutes.
Saint Elizabeth refused to accept defeat. In the 61st minute, Lasko got CSE within two scores, tallying her second goal of the season. The sophomore forward was fed a long pass by Dina Toledo and Lasko won a foot race with the Cazenovia goalkeeper. After touching the ball past the Cazenovia keeper, Lasko need
O’Dell struck for her second score In the 74th minute, when a Cazenovia defender misplayed a clear. O’Dell beat the charging Cazenovia goalkeeper to the ball and delivered a hard shot into the center of the net.
Cazenovia put pressure on the Saint Elizabeth defense late in the game which resulted with the Screaming Eagles kicking the ball in their own net on a clear attempt for the final goal.
For the game, Cazenovia owned the 18-11 shot advantage while Saint Elizabeth held a 5-4 lead in corner kicks.
Saint Elizabeth goalkeeper Catherine De La Cruz registered five saves in defeat while her Cazenovia counterpart Breanna Warner had three stops.
The Screaming Eagles are home again Sunday afternoon against another NEAC foe. Morrisville St. comes to N.J. for a 1 p.m. matchup. Fans should note the game will be played in North Brunswick at the Jersey Knights complex. For directions, click here.