BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The Concordia College women's soccer team earned a hard fought victory on Tuesday afternoon as the Clippers defeated the visiting Bloomfield Bears in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game, 2-1, at Holtdorf Soccer Field.
In the first half Concordia would take 14 shots as the Clippers looked for an early opportunity to take the lead. Four shots would be on target as the Bloomfield goalkeeper wouldn't allow any to get by during the first 45 minutes of play. Freshman Kayla Lanza (New Milford, Conn.) was just as solid in net for Concordia as she faced three shots on goal, making saves on all of them as the two sides were tied at the half, 0-0.
The Clippers broke the scoreless tie in the 61st minute as sophomore Miranda Merino (Victorville, Calif.) controlled the ball at midfield and sent a through-pass ahead to graduate student Amanda Astudillo (Westbury, N.Y.) for a one-on-one breakaway with the visiting keeper. Her shot would find the back of the net, her first of the season, as Concordia now led 1-0. Less than a minute later the Bears responded with the equalizer as a cross from the corner end line was headed into the goal to knot the score at 1-1.
Sophomore Sara Calvert (Apple Valley, Calif.) would score the game-winning goal for the Clippers in the 75th minute as junior Taylor Codner (Houston, Texas) left the ball at the top of the box for Calvert and her one-time shot to the low-left side of the goal would put Concordia ahead for good. Bloomfield would attempt a late offensive attack in the closing minutes, including a corner kick opportunity in the 88th minute, but the Clippers held on for the 2-1 victory.
Lanza made four saves in goal for Concordia as she earned her first collegiate win. The Clippers out-shot the Bears, 23-11, and also held an edge in corner kick opportunities, 5-1.
Concordia (1-3-0, 1-1-0 CACC) will next visit Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon for a CACC game in Lakewood, N.J as kickoff is set for 12 p.m.