“We practice a lot on not even letting them get the ball,” he said.
Liverpool’s speedy sophomore forward, Ore Akinpelu, charged toward the net with the ball late in the first half. But in her most aggressive move of the night, Lady Dutch goalkeeper Jenna Cubello ran out 30 yards and kicked the ball away before Akinpelu could chip it past her into the unoccupied net, and the score remained 1-0 at halftime.
Cubello's daring play loomed even larger when Laurie Knapp got tripped inside the 18-yard box less than five minutes into the second half, which led to a penalty kick. Center easily buried the shot in the left side of the net to double Guilderland's lead to 2-0.
For a long while it looked like the game would end with a two-goal margin thanks to the effective work of midfielders Cardinal, Rebecca Golderman and Luaren Kogelmann, who kept the ball away from Liverpool’s fast attackers. However, Emma Geyer crushed a 25-yard shot past Cubello inside the top right corner of the net with 10:06 left in regulation to pull Liverpool within a goal.
The Lady Dutch played steady, effective defense down the stretch to hang on. The Warriors’ Breanna Sharpe twice had shots on the right side in the waning minutes, only to have Cubello catch them.