Women’s soccer comes up short in NCAA first round

Ben Gajewski photo
Ben Gajewski photo

The Hamilton College women's soccer team fell to nationally ranked No. 23 Misericordia University 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tournament hosted by SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, N.Y.

Hannah Larkin scored the lone goal of the game 3:36 after the opening kickoff as the Cougars developed a 15-8 shot advantage and 9-5 edge in corner kicks.

Misericordia (15-4-2 overall) moves on to the second round and will face Geneseo on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Geneseo advanced to the second round following a 2-1 overtime win over Penn State Berks.

Hamilton's two most promising scoring opportunities came late in the second half. Katie McKillop '19 fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box in the 79th minute towards the far post but Misericordia's goalkeeper Alyssa Pojero (five saves) leaped for the save. With six minutes left, Katja Dunlap '18 ripped a shot to the lower-right corner from 15 yards out but Pojero made the diving stop.

Emily Dumont '18 tallied six saves for Hamilton, including three big stops between the 66th and 74th minutes after the Continentals shifted to a 3-4-3 formation. Dumont completed her senior season with nine shutouts, tying the program's single-season record.