Stony Brook Gives Extra Effort To Top Fordham

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Stony Brook's Francesca Lee celebrates her game-winning goal. Photo: Jim Harrison/Stony Brook Athletics

Call them the Golden Girls. Or the Queens of Extra Time.

But whatever moniker one gives them, the Stony Brook women’s soccer team’s proclivity for late drama was evident again Thursday night. 

For the third time this season, the Seawolves went extra time to get a win, this time a 1-0 victory over Fordham at LaValle Stadium.

The hero on the night was senior Francesca Lee, whose first shot on goal with 15 seconds remaining in the first extra-time period evaded Rams keeper Kelly LaMorte.

“It’s a good team, Fordham,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “They just tied Syracuse, a Power 5 team. They came in here confident. They were well-coached and organized. They made it really hard on us. We thought we had a good gameplan, to be honest, but even though it did not work that well, we were still able to get the win.”

The game-winning goal came via a corner kick in the 100th minute. Freshman Paula Petri’s corner found East Islip’s Rachel Florenz at the penalty spot. She deflected the ball toward the back post where Lee was able to chip it past LaMorte.

Lee is the third Stony Brook player this season to score a game-winning extra-time goal. Previously, Chelsie DePonte and Alyssa Francese scored ET winners against Northeastern and St. John’s respectively. 

Junior goalkeeper Sofia Manner made two saves in the win and recorded her second clean sheet of the season.

Stony Brook (5-3-0) will open the America East portion of its schedule on Sunday when they hit the road to face Maine. Kickoff is 1 p.m.