Naz women keep it close in loss to Hartwick

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Visiting Hartwick scored the game’s lone goal in the 62nd minute Sunday to escape with a 1-0 women’s soccer victory over Nazareth in Empire 8 Conference action.

The victory enabled the Hawks to gain a weekend split of E8 games as they were beaten 2-1 at St. John Fisher Saturday. Nazareth also came away with a split after defearing Alfred, 1-0, Saturday. The Golden Flyers are 6-4-3 overall and 2-1-2 in conference play. Hartwick is 7-4-1 overall and 3-2 in the E8.

In an evenly played match, Nazareth had a 15-11 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Neither team generated much offense in the first half, so it took until the 62nd minute for Hartwick to break the deadlock. Alex DiuBois broke free past the Nazareth defense and her initial shot was saved by Nazareth keeper Hannah Miller. The rebound, however, went unsecured and DuBois was able to slip the second shot past Miller for the game’s lone tally.

Miller finished with six saves and her Hartwick counterpart, Cassandra Robataille, had nine stops to gain her sixth shutout.

Nazareth generated more attack in the second half. Senior Mary Kate Ordway, who scored Nazareth’s lone goal on Saturday, had five of the 15 shots, including three that were stopped by Robataille. Sophomore Caleigh Cahoon added two shots on goal, including one that Robataille stopped following a semi-breakaway.

The weekend results further jumbled the conference standings, with only Stevens creating separation with a 5-0 conference mark. Hartwick is next at 3-2, then Nazareth at 2-1-2. Sageand Utica are tied with records of 2-1-1. Alfred is 2-3 and St. John Fisher is 1-1-1.

Nazareth is idle until Saturday when the Golden Flyers visit Stevens for a 2 p.m. game.

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