Women's soccer edges Oswego on the road in overtime

Cat Gambino '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Cat Gambino '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Cat Gambino '21 scored a career-best three goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, and lifted the Continentals to a 3-2 non-conference victory over the SUNY Oswego Lakers at Oswego's Laker Soccer Field on Tuesday afternoon.

The Continentals (8-4-3 overall) enjoyed a huge 23-10 shot advantage including 5-1 in overtime in their regular season finale. Hamilton's Caity Smith '22 made one save in 58-plus minutes in the first half and overtime, while Rachel Pike '21 made three saves on five shots on goal during the second half.

Gambino is second in the NESCAC with 11 goals and is the conference leader with 25 points. She has seven goals and two assists in her last four games.

Emma Allen tallied five saves for SUNY Oswego (6-8-3), which rallied from a two-goal deficit. The Lakers owned a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

Following one scoreless overtime period, Gambino scored her third goal of the day at 103:07, collecting the ball in the box and beating the goalie to her left. She had another shot hit the crossbar late in the first extra period.

The Continentals had a strong first half with two goals. Gambino opened the scoring in the 29th minute on a long shot from outside the box that deflected off Allen's hand and into the goal.

Hamilton doubled its lead in the 34th minute. Alex Fontana '20 took a free kick from the top of the box that was blocked, but Gambino gathered the loose ball and scored. Fontana picked up her fifth assist and 15th point. She has registered at least one point in six straight contests.

The Lakers cut their deficit in half in the 57th minute as Lynsey Roth scored after a header by Chloe Lonergan was knocked away by Pike. Roth tied the score in the 66th minute, dribbling past two defenders and ripping a left-footed shot into the right 90.

The Continentals will enter the 2018 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship as the No. 6 seed and will face third-seeded Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Mammoths shut out Hamilton 2-0 at home on Oct. 6.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22