Paul Smith's, NY - The Lady Mustangs took to the road for a 750 mile two-day round trip for a pair of games in upstate New York. On Friday night, they traveled to Albany, NY to take on the Panthers of Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Science, who will be joining the Yankee Small College Conference in 2020.
In a game that was live-streamed on Facebook Live, the Panthers dominated play from the start but the Mustangs kept them off the scoreboard for the first fourteen minutes until the Central Maine defense left Emily D'Abrosca unmarked at the top of the six yard mark putting Albany up 1-0. The remainder of the half would remain scoreless allowing the Mustangs to regroup at halftime trailing 1-0.
The second half saw an energized Central Maine squad, and although they were still defending most of the time were able to begin to mount an attack and play the game more at midfield. Seven minutes into the second half, Elizabeth D'Amato put the Panthers up 2-0 but the Mustangs hung in there and continued to move the ball. The score stayed that way for another 20 minutes until Emily Linehan placed a direct kick just under the crossbar to give Albany a 3-0 lead and that led to two more goals a few minutes apart. The Mustangs finished the game in attacking mode but ended up with a 5-0 loss. Ali Sult (Lisbon, ME) made 15 saves for the Mustangs, who were outshot 34 to 5.
Eight hours after getting to their hotel in Albany on Friday night, the Lady Mustangs left at 6 am for the three hour ride to Paul Smith's College in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains for an 11 am kickoff in their final YSCC matchup of the 2019 season. The sluggish Mustangs got off to a slow start and had to defend in the early part of the game until they could get their legs going in what would be a closely fought back and forth contest up and down the field. At the 35-minute mark, Katey Snyder put the Paul Smiths Bobcats up 1-0, which is where the half ended.
The second half continued much like the first with both teams moving up and down the field trading opportunities but the Bobcats shots were more on target. Central Maine had enough quality opportunities at the Bobcats net in the second half to turn the tide but it was not to be. With five minutes left in the game, Megan Knoll on an assist by Katey Snyder sealed the game for Paul Smiths to give them the 2-0 win and send the Mustangs on their way on the 7 hour ride home.
The Mustangs travel to Unity College on Tuesday for their second meeting of the year, this time a non-conference matchup