Morse Tallies First College Goal, LeCours Makes Nine Stops in Purple Knights' 1-1 Draw

Morse Tallies First College Goal, LeCours Makes Nine Stops in Purple Knights' 1-1 Draw

AMHERST, N.Y. - Sophomore Madeleine Morse (Brownsville, Vt./Windsor) netted her first collegiate goal just before halftime, and the Saint Michael's College women's soccer team tied Daemen (N.Y.) College, 1-1, in both teams' season openers on Friday at Karrer Field. The meeting was the second ever between the programs, as the Purple Knights took the inaugural match-up by a 2-1 count last fall.

Morse scored in the 45th minute to stake her team to a lead thanks to junior Alex Matteo's (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) assist. Classmate Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) registered nine saves, including four in the two overtime sessions. First-year Sam Hanes potted the 79th-minute equalizer for the Wildcats, while classmate Katelin White had six stops.

Saint Michael's posted a 5-2 advantage in shots during the opening 45 minutes, with White denying first-year Taryn Manna's (Shirley, Mass./Home Schooled) initial bid during the fifth minute. Back-to-back Daemen corner kicks resulted in no shots during the 37th and 38th minutes, and Morse concluded the stanza by depositing her tally 34 seconds before halftime. After receiving a cross from Matteo, the sophomore beat White to the right corner.

Daemen responded with a 20-10 shot edge over the remainder of the contest, including 10-4 in the 20 minutes of overtime alone. The keepers combined for five saves in the opening 8:04 of the second half, with LeCours making three of those before denying another bid in the 68th minute to keep it 1-0. Late in the 79th minute, sophomore Jamie Boyar sent a cross into the box, where Hanes slid her tying shot inside the left post. LeCours recorded another stop in the 88th minute, and the teams headed to overtime.

The Purple Knight keeper turned aside the lone shot on frame in the opening overtime period, during the 94th minute, before saving a bid during a 103rd-minute corner kick sequence and denying another try later in the minute. The netminders traded 106th-minute saves before three different Purple and Gold players sent winning attempts wide between the 108th and 110th minutes.

The Purple Knights continue a two-game road trip on Sunday at Post University with a 2 p.m. start.