In the 15th minute, Tufts countered a UR attack with one of its own and earned two shots, coming off the feet of Tasker and Brett Rojas.
Apple’s pre-game strategy was simple: don’t look too far ahead and don’t get caught watching the clock. He didn’t want the Yellowjackets to get caught up in the moment – playing the defending champion and the nation’s top-ranked team.
Eastern played a high-pressure game at a quick pace. It bottled up Rochester for a good portion of the first half. Having to defend, defend, defend, UR wasn’t able to create its opportunities along the flanks.
Alyssa Salls (Plattsburgh, NY/Plattsburgh) took the loss in net for RIT, making six saves. Sarah Yunez got the win for the Falcons, making one save.
The first goal came suddenly. Nik Angyal had it alongside the right touchline and he drove it for the center of the penalty area. Ikeda tracked it all the way, ran into the box and headed it into the left corner of the goal in the 66th minute.
UR’s Eden recorded a strong early chance in the second half, taking a shot off a chipped ball in the box from teammate Margaret Lee in the 49th minute. Eden’s attempt was saved though by IC keeper Stacey Digiorgio.
The Green and Gold found the scoresheet at 27:13 of the first half when Quintin Volpe let a rocket go off a free kick from 15-yards outside the box, beating the Saints goalie top shelf and giving Brockport the lead, 1-0.
With just over 31 minutes left, Volis drove a corner kick from the right touchline to the back post. Zach Lawlor’s (Aquinas) header was cleared away by Max Antisell.
RIT’s Maggie Hoey (Charlotte, NC/Lincoln Charter School) buried her attempt, while Kathryn Perlowitz had her attempts clang off the post and away to send RIT to the second round.
The Golden Flyers employed a defensive strategy against the heavily favored Ducks and were successful in keeping Stevens off the scoreboard until the 56th minute.