Emmitsburg, Md. (September 29, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University was edged by LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, in the Northeast Conference opener on Friday night despite controlling play for much of the game. The win pushed LIU to 3-6-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while the Mount dropped to 3-7-1 on the year and 0-1 in the NEC.
The Mount dominated the first half of play, outshooting LIU Brooklyn by an 8-3 margin and holding a 5-0 advantage in corners. Midway through the period, the Mountaineers had three solid scoring chances within a seven-minute span, but weren't able to capitalize.
The Mount's first scoring opportunity during the stretch came in the 21st minute as Chloe Cain found an open Jaylyn Chandler in the middle of the box. Chandler one-timed a shot towards the far post, but LIU goalie Aline Allmann made an outstretched diving save to keep the Mount off the board.
Under two minutes later, Kayla Hughes sent a ball to a streaking Gianna Pomykacz who worked her way into the box. Pomykacz tried to sneak a shot inside the near post, but her attempt sailed just wide.
Minutes later, Chandler received a pass in the middle of the box and was fouled by a Blackbird defender, resulting in a penalty kick for the Mount. Junior Jenna West's penalty shot went wide left as the game remained knotted at 0-0.
Following a scoreless first half, LIU Brooklyn registered the game's first goal just 32 seconds into the second period. Kimberly Butland worked her way down the far sideline and sent a cross towards the far post. Off the cross, Dana Wiesmore directed a header into the side netting for her first goal of the season, putting the Blackbirds on top, 1-0.
Mount St. Mary's continued its offensive barrage after the Blackbirds' tally, and nearly found the game-tying score just five minutes later. A deflected ball found its way over to Jasmine McCree, who was stationed just a couple yards from goal. McCree's point black volley was turned away by Allmann as she preserved the LIU lead.
In the waning minutes of the contest, Kayla Hughes sent a thru ball to the near corner and Hannah Logue beat an LIU defender to the ball before working her way down the end line. Logue sent a pass into the middle to West, but her shot was blocked by a defender, keeping the Mount off the board.
LIU killed off the final minutes of play to collect the 1-0 victory in the league opener.
Allmann earned the win in net for the Blackbirds with a seven-save performance, while her counterpart, Maggie Barron, stopped four shots in goal for the Mount.
Mount St. Mary's outshot LIU, 20-14, in the contest and held a 10-3 advantage on corners.
The Mount continues league play with a tilt vs. Central Connecticut this Sunday, October 1 at 1 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium. Live action of the game will be streamed for free at NECFrontRow.com.