October 14, 2012 Recap
OLD WESTBURY, NY - Junior midfielder Alexa Amato (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island HS) came through with three second half tallies - the first hat trick of her career - to lead the Daemen Wildcats to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the NYIT Bears today at President's Stadium. The win, Daemen's third straight, has the Wildcats inching closer to the .500 mark on the season at 6-8 overall. NYIT, a member of the East Coast Conference which Daemen will join next year, falls to 5-9.
"This was a big time character win for this young group," said Daemen head coach Dan Dolan. "The girls never stopped believing that we could come back and win. It's a big win for us against a team we'll be seeing more often when we join the conference next year."
Amato's goals helped Daemen erase a 2-0 deficit as she became the first Wildcat to record three markers in a game since Jenelle Masi did so in a 5-1 win over Walsh on October 11, 2011.
NYIT's Natasha Arana got the Bears on the board with a goal late in the first half. After taking the 1-0 lead to halftime, the Bears increased their edge to 2-0 when Wendy Avendano scored in the 49th minute.
Daemen resonded with Amato's first goal of the day in the 53rd minute off a feed from junior Samantha Engel (Dryden, NY/Dryden HS).
Amato's second tally came in the 61st minute when senior Kelsey O'Leary (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia HS) found her streaking through the defense.
Then, just five seconds after knotting the score, Amato struck again, with Engel again picking up the assist on what turned out to be the game-winner.
"All three goals were breakaways that we finished," said Dolan. "That has been the key to our winning streak. We are now finishing plays in the attacking third."
Rachel Reichart (Marilla, NY/Iroquois Central HS) picked up the win between the pipes for Daemen. The junior keeper made six saves while filling in admirably for regular starter Kayla Hampton (DeRuyter, NY/DeRuyter HS) who missed the game with an injury.
After a busy week that saw the Wildcats play four games in three different states (3-1 in that span) while logging nearly 2,300 miles, Dolan's squad will enjoy the comforts of home for a week before they face another East Coast Conference team - the St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans - next Sunday, October 21 at 1pm on Senior Day.