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Syracuse, NY – The Le Moyne College women’s soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit Thursday afternoon during their season-opening contest to earn a thrilling 4-3 victory over Chestnut Hill College at Ted Grant Field to kick off the 2022 campaign.

Defender Hildur Unnarsdóttir (Kópavogur, Iceland/Icelandic Business College) played the full 90 minutes for the ‘Phins and was involved in all four of Le Moyne’s scoring efforts. The sophomore scored her first and second career goals at Le Moyne and delivered two more long free throws that resulted in a Le Moyne goal.

The Chestnut Hill Griffins got on the board first after Lauren Sullivan made a nice spin around a Le Moyne player and then dove down the middle of the pitch towards goal. Sullivan sent a ground pass in the direction of Virginia Perry, who took a bunt and then shot the ball with her right foot into the right side of Le Moyne’s penalty area past Le Moyne’s goalie. allison moreau (Sauquoit, NY/Sauquoit Valley) and into the back of the net to put CHC up 1-0.

The Griffins doubled their lead in the 36the minute when Abby Galazka sent a pass across the 18-yard box from Le Moyne to Sullivan, who deposited the ball into the bottom right of the net with a left-footed shot to the ground.

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The Dolphins got back into the game late in the first half. With less than four minutes remaining in the half, Marissa Lisikatos (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) was fouled just inside midfield. Unnarsdóttir took the free kick and sent the ball flying into the center of Caldwell’s penalty area. The pass went over the head of a defender who was defending Lainey Fortress (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) and bounced off the feet of avery maxham (Clinton, NY/Clinton) who went wide after running to the far post. Maxam touched the ball in the face of the goal and Aspholm was there to hit him and cut the deficit in half.

With just over a minute left in the first half, Lisikatos kicked a fumble in the right corner of Le Moyne’s attacking third towards the corner flag, and Foti ran the ball into a closely chased defender. Foti picked up the ball inches from the baseline and got past the Chestnut Hill player hitting the ball between the defender’s legs and running past her towards the net. The help defender stepped forward and tried to strip Foti, but the fifth-year student touched the ball to the left of her, making contact with the defense and earning a penalty kick for the ‘Phins.

Unnarsdóttir took it upon himself to take the PK for Le Moyne. The second-year defender confidently walked to the point and hit the ball hard, on the ground past the goalie who dived into the right side of the net to tie the game 2-2.

With 37:23 remaining in the match, Unnarsdóttir took another long free kick for the ‘Phins. This was taken from the Dolphins’ own half and went up into the air toward Le Moyne’s attacking third. With two defenders behind him, Foti headed the ball into the net, on the way to lindsey leblanc (Westminster, Mass./St. Bernard’s), who got behind the defense and ran into the left center of the Griffin’s penalty area with the ball at his feet. LeBlanc put the ball on her right foot and slammed it past the keeper and into the lower left side of the net to give Le Moyne a 3-2 lead.

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The Griffins tied the game 3-3 at 64the minute in which Madeline Jiménez scored with an assist from Rachel Apsley.

Unnarsdóttir again took a long free kick from Le Moyne’s backcourt with eight minutes remaining in the game. The ball sailed into the Dolphins’ attacking third, and once again Foti tried to pass the ball to a Le Moyne forward who was running toward goal. This time, a CHC defense was aggressive in its attempt to avoid Foti’s header and fouled Le Moyne’s attacker just meters from the penalty area.

With the ball positioned in the center left of the field, some 25 yards from goal, Unnarsdóttir and Lisikatos surveyed the scene from behind the point as the Chestnut Hill defense mounted their wall. Lisikatos stepped over the ball, then Unnarsdóttir ran forward and hit it with his right foot. Unnarsdóttir’s shot wasn’t hit particularly hard, but he curved to the left and positioned himself perfectly under the top left corner of the goal and past the outstretched arms of the Chestnut Hill keeper.

Unnarsdóttir’s second goal of the game gave Le Moyne the lead for good and helped the ‘Phins start the season with a win.

The Le Moyne College women’s soccer team will return to action on August 30 when they take on Daemen University in Amherst.