GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2017) – Despite two saves in the second half from freshman Melissa Torres (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), the Mercy College women's soccer team dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to No. 15 Adelphi University on Thursday night at Motamed Field.
The Mavericks (2-1) suffer their first loss of the season, while the Panthers (1-0) open their season with a win.
Mercy received shots on goal from senior Heidi Serna (West Covina, Calif./South Hills), redshirt junior Ileen Mejia (Whittier, Calif./La Mirada) and junior Corinna Ferrante (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford). Senior Ashley Price (Goodyear, Ariz./Millennium) made the start in goal and played the first half to fall to 1-1 on the year. Torres played the second half and made two saves without allowing a goal.
Adelphi was led by Taylor Sipos and Jeanine Nunez who recorded goals. Isabel Sandstrom played the full 90 minutes in goal with three saves to earn the win.
In a contest with few scoring opportunities, Adelphi found the back of the net in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Sipos made a quick move by a Mercy defender and fired a shot from the top of the box past Price to give the Panthers an early lead.
The Panthers added on to their lead in the 40th minute when Nunez scored off a free kick from the top left of the box, giving Adelphi a 2-0 lead as the teams headed into halftime. Adelphi held a 3-0 edge in shots at the break and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The second half saw the teams combine for 11 shots with the Panthers holding a narrow 6-5 edge. Ferrante, Serna and Mejia forced Sandstrom to make saves in the frame, but the Mavericks were unable to get on the board with Adelphi holding on for the win.
The Panthers ended the contest with a 9-5 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Head Coach Jonathan Feinstein and the Mavericks look to get back in the win column when they host Nyack College in their home opener on Saturday, September 9th at 12 p.m.