A late goal gives the Canisius Golden Griffins the 1-0 win over the Robert Morris Colonials.
As the breeze rolled in and the sun peeked out behind the spacious clouds, the Robert Morris Colonials Women’s Soccer team faced off against the Canisius Golden Griffins.
All throughout the first forty-five minutes, the Colonials applied constant pressure on the opposing field, with multiple shots on goal.
Within their own zone, the Colonial defense was stout, barely allowing any opportunities for the Golden Griffins.
The lone highlight play came in the thirty-ninth minute, as Maleha Kureishy lined up for a Colonial penalty kick. Despite the prime scoring opportunity, Canisius goaltender Alana Rossi made a miraculous save. As the first half came to a close, both teams were still deadlocked at zero.
Robert Morris continued a hard press on the Griffins early on in the second half but still couldn’t capitalize on any opportunities.
Then came the forty-eighth minute when Kristina Kelley booted the ball thirty yards, hits the crossbar and bounced right on top of the line in the goal before being booted from the goal. The opposing goalie believed it was a goal as she stalled her play.
That’s when the referee waved “no goal” and the crowd erupted into a shocked frenzy.
“We scored a goal the ref missed, it’s unfortunate,” said head coach John Kowalski.
From that point forward, the Colonials looked flustered, as if all their composure and will to win was sucked from their bodies.
This caused for a major role reversal as the Golden Griffins began their attack at a consistent push in the fifty-fifth minute and never took their foot off the pedal.
RMU goalkeeper Sydney Bruckner was impenetrable for the entire first half. But in the seventy-eighth minute, on a corner kick, Amanda Wisbeck knocked the ball in from a few yards out to put the Golden Griffins up 1-0.
That would ultimately end up being the final score of the game as the Colonials fall to 2-5 on the season.
“We need to finish our chances, our offense needs to score goals,” said Coach Kowalski.
Robert Morris head on the road next to face the Falcons of Bowling Green on Sept. 15.