ALBANY, N.Y. — The Stony Brook University women overcame a two-goal deficit with two late goals to register a 3-3 America East draw with UAlbany at Casey Stadium Thursday night.
The Seawolves moved to 6-5-1, 1-0-1 while UAlbany is now 6-4-2, 0-0-1.
Sophomore Chelsie DePonte (Honolulu, Hawaii) capped a late two-goal rally, scoring the equalizer in the 81st minute as she created space for an open look at the goal, striking on a cross from just outside the box.
“Tonight was a battle – both physically and tactically – and credit to Albany for making it such a difficult game,” head coach Brendan Faherty said. “To come back from two goals down twice in the second half says a lot about the character of our student-athletes. There are a lot of positives we can take from this game, but Albany also exposed some areas in our game that we need to develop more.
“We are looking forward to playing our next two matches at LaValle and hopefully becoming a better team on both sides of the ball as America East play continues.”
UAlbany got out to a strong start, putting away a goal in the second minute and another in the seventh for a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Alyssa Francese (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was tripped up in the box and awarded a penalty kick for the third consecutive game. Francese had connected on all four of her previous attempts this season. Her initial shot was denied, but saved right back to her and she buried the rebound to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 60th minute.
The Great Danes grabbed a 3-1 lead, connecting again in the 69th minute.
Francese responded for Stony Brook in the 79th minute when she spun around her defender inside the box, forcing the goalie out of position, and sent her shot to the right side of the net.
Stony Brook host the University of Vermont Sunday at noon.