Lady Cats trounced by unbeaten Siena

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“Remember who we are and what we play for.”

That was the rallying cry for the UVM women’s soccer team as they broke the huddle Friday afternoon before playing host to Siena. Unfortunately for the Cats and first-year head coach Kwame Lloyd, the Centennial Field stand fell short amid ominous clouds and intermittent showers. Losing 3-1 to the Saints, UVM drops to 1-5 on the young season.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said Lloyd. “I was excited to see the team come out in the second half and compete. We hadn’t done that in the past few games.”

After a back and forth start, Siena (4-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead when Lindsay Tegas headed a deflection past the Cats’ sophomore goalkeeper Jess Rosene in the 22nd minute.

Making her second career start in place of the injured Eliza Bradley, Rosene was beaten again by an unassisted strike just before the close of the first half. In the 43rd minute, Saints midfielder Cara Riley blasted a shot from nearly 30 yards out that eluded the full extension dive of Rosene.

Siena stretched the lead to 3-0 early in the second half when in the 65th minute, Saints freshman Ashleigh Barone, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, sprung Tabitha Tice on a breakaway. Reacting instinctively, Rosene sprinted out past her goal box to challenge Tice but the Saints forward evaded her grasp and found the back of the net.

The Cats fought back in the 77th minute when sophomore Sasha Morey unloaded a cannon from just inside the midfield line that caught Siena goalkeeper Laura Ettinger off guard. The unassisted strike was Morey’s first of the season. Despite sustained pressure by UVM in the final minutes, the 3-1 score would hold up.

“I am pleased with the mettle the team showed in the second half,” Lloyd said. “We are learning a new system of possession style of play and I think we are advancing to be better at working the system.”

The victory for Siena was their first ever at UVM. Ettinger did not register a save for the Saints in the contest.

The Cats return home after a two game road trip to face Colgate on Sept. 19.