Tawanda Kerr’s last-second shot to equalize went wide. (Photo courtesy of the Lehman SID)
BRONX, N.Y. – The Lehman College women’s regular-season home unbeaten streak is over.
The Lighting dropped a 2-1 decision to City University of New York Athletic Conference leader College of Staten Island at South Field Wednesday night.
After a scoreless first half, the encounter turned more intense in the second stanza. The match got more physical with 33 fouls (Lehman – 11, CSI – 22) as referee also handed out six yellow cards (Lehman – 2, CSI – 4).
Dolphins midfielder Nermina Bracic broke deadlock in the 71st minute after she was credited for the goal following an error from the Lightning defense.
Forward Samantha LaValle notched CSI’s (8-6, 5-0) second tally off an assist from Bracic in the 84th minute. Two minutes later Lehman midfielder Melanie Siranaula scored to make it 2-1.
The Lightning (6-3-1, 2-1-0) had a chance for the equalizer off a corner kick in the final minute, but defender Tawanda Kerr’s shot against goalkeeper Kaila DiBenedetto went wide.
Lehman returns to action at South Field when it greets Yeshiva University in a non-conference encounter Thursday at 6 p.m.