It wasn’t a textbook penalty kick, but in the end, Fordham’s Brooke Salmon will take the result.
Salmon, the junior midfielder from West Hempstead scored in the 105th minute off a rebound from her saved penalty kick to give the Rams a 2-1 win over the Rams from Rhode Island. The match at Fordham’s Jack Coffey Field was the team’s opener in Atlantic 10 play.
With the win, Fordham improved to 4-3-3 overall, 1-0 in the A10, while Rhode Island fell to 3-6-0 on the year, 0-1 in the league.
With the scored tied at 1-1 in the second overtime, Fordham junior Clara Gastaldi cut across the middle of the box and was taken down by Rhode Island’s Jaileen Goncalves, which led to the penalty kick.
Salmon stepped to the spot and her shot to the left side was stopped by URI keeper Haley Brennan. However, the save rebounded straight back to Salmon who remained composed and put her second chance past Brennan for the game-winner.
Fordham opened the scoring in the 34th minute. Lane Cronin crossed the ball to the center of the box and Crea Baker-Durante laid the ball back to the top of the box to Gastaldi, who found Morgan Busacca just to her left, above the half circle. Busacca took a chip shot from 25 yards out, netting her first career goal just under the crossbar.
Rhode Island would level the match in the 58th minute when Taylor Ross’ initial shot hit the crossbar, but Kelly Mayo headed in the rebound to tie the game at 1.
Fordham goalkeeper Kelly LaMorte had three saves in the win, while Julie Freeman and Brennan combined for three saves for Rhode Island.