PITTSFORD, NY – After losing their first game of the season at Nazareth College on Saturday, the Ithaca College women’s soccer team responded in a big way with a 3-1 road victory over St. John Fisher on Tuesday night. The Bombers spiced up the net before being awarded in the 43e minute and scored two insurance goals in the second half with St. John Fisher scoring his own late in the game.
It was clear from the first minutes that IC’s intention was to direct their respective shot attempts on the frame of the goal and the Bombers nearly reached the scoreboard at 22:33 of the first half. and it took a plunging stop from Hallie Tickell on a Megan O’Reilly try to keep the game without a goal.
In the 43e minute, Ithaca College got a corner kick opportunity which was crossed into the box by Delaney rutan and a header attempt of Sophie mahoney was first saved once again by Hallie Tickell but on the rebound that followed Kelsey Espenhorst jumped at the chance and steered the ball into the net. It was the first goal of the 2021 season for Espenhorst and the fifth of his college career.
The Bombers led 1-0 at the half-time break as the team edged St. John Fisher by a 12-3 margin in the first half. It was at 59:30 that the team made several dangerous passes again in the 18-yard box. Delaney rutan whipped in a cross on the other side that escaped all defenders and Rachel richards stuck the ball into the back of the net.
Carrying the lead 2-0, IC added another insurance effort on a solo goal on the second-year forward’s foot Rosie bostian. She made a good move that gave him enough room to shoot a shot from outside the box that escaped the Cardinals goaltender in the lower left corner. The Cardinals scored their only goal of the game in the 81st minute Carli Kovarik beat Claire reader for his seventh goal of the 2021 season.
Reader finished with three saves for the Bombers and Rosie bostian, Delaney rutan and Megan O’Reilly each finished with three strokes each.
Ithaca College (5-1) will now enter conference with a Liberty League game scheduled for Saturday, September 25 when it hosts Clarkson University. Carp Wood Field’s first kick is scheduled for 2 p.m.