Nov. 9, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – La Salle women’s soccer came within a goal with 30 minutes remaining but could not overcome the deficit in a 4-1 loss at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore Kelsey Haycook (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) scored her team-best ninth goal of the season, heading a perfectly placed restart from junior Courtney Niemiec (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) past Virginia’s Danielle DeLisle in the 59th minute to bring the Explorers within one.
After surrendering an early goal to the Cavaliers just over three minutes into the game, La Salle’s defense held off a dangerous Virginia attack for more than 30 minutes. In the 35th minute, Virginia’s Brian fired a shot from 18 yards out to give the Cavalier’s the 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
Coming out of the half the Explorers upped the pressure on the attack, recording seven of their eight shots in the second half. After Haycook netted La Salle’s first goal, the Explorers came within what seemed like inches of the equalizer a handful of times before relinquishing the Cavalier’s third goal of the game in the 78th minute off a cross.
Senior Gabrielle Pakhtigian (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) was tremendous in net for the Explorers, keeping them within striking distance for most of the game by breaking up several one-on-one opportunities and recording four pivotal saves.
La Salle ends the season 17-5-1, setting the single-season win record for the program, winning it’s first ever Atlantic 10 Championship title, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year and propelling head coach Paul Royal to his 100th career win.