Utica's Steele-Norton nets two goals, seals win against No. 11 Skidmore
Utica, N.Y. -- Utica continued its non-conference dominance as it downed No. 11 Skidmore College, 2-1. Sophomore Louise Steele-Norton scored both goals, while freshman Kells Casey made a season-high 16 saves for the Pioneers.
The game featured two of the top six scorers nationally in Steele-Norton and Skidmore's Kelly Blackhurst. Blackhurst entered the game ranked fourth nationally in points per game (4.17) and fifth in goals per game (1.58), while Steele-Norton was sixth in the country averaging 1.55 goals per game.
After a scoreless first half, Steele-Norton broke the deadlock under a minute into the second frame as she ran down the left side. Just before the goal line, she cut towards the middle and tried to center a pass to classmate Hannah Mackey. The pass was deflected before it got to Mackey and ended up in the back of the net for her team-leading 18th tally of the season.
Skidmore battled back as less than six minutes later Blackhurst was awarded a penalty stroke. Blackhurst fired two shots on the Utica goal, Casey was able to make the first save and got help from defender Amanda Vitro who came up with a big defensive save, however Blackhurst was granted the penalty. She put a ball in the left side of the goal to even the score.
Steele-Norton again gave Utica the lead in the 57th minute off an assist from Alaina Stojkovski. Stojkovski ran to the 25-yard line before playing a ball into the arc to Steele-Norton. As Skidmore goalie Haley McDougall came out to challenge, Steele-Norton slid the ball through her legs from ten yards out. Steele-Norton's 19th tally surpassed Katie Kutas '08 and Danielle Fiore '04 for first on the College's all-time single-season goal scoring list.
Utica goalkeeper Kells Casey had 16 saves, including a number from close range in her third win of the season. McDougall had five saves in the loss. Skidmore falls to 9-4 on the season, while the Pioneers improve to 8-4.