Martinez scores goal in 39th minute, Rochester hands No. 4 Ithaca first loss
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rochester (11-5-1) defeated No. 4 Ithaca 1-0 Saturday, handing the Bombers their first loss of the season. The win is the first against Ithaca since 1995.
Rochester had nine shots and one corner kick to Ithaca's 16 shots and seven corners.
Amanda Murray got the win in net for Rochester, making seven saves and picking up her sixth shutout of the season.
Both teams generated scoring opportunities in the first half. Murray stopped all three shots she faced, including a diving save with 7:50 to play off a shot from Ellyn Grant-Keane.
Martinez scored in the 39th minute off an assist from Chelsea Shoemaker when she sent a cross into the Ithaca box from 25 yards out. Martinez headed the ball past the outstretched hands of Ithaca keeper Becca Salant for a 1-0 Rochester lead.
Ithaca put the pressure on Rochester's defense in the second half, firing nine shots.
Alex Liese had a great chance late in regulation, but her shot bounced off the cross bar and out of play, keeping a one-goal lead for the Tigers.
With time running out, Jackie Rodabaugh had a shot from the penalty area, but Murray came out and challenged the shot, forcing Rodabaugh to fire the ball over the net and out of harms way.