Eva Frazzoni and her College of Saint Rose Women’s Soccer teammates had its historic season come to a close with today's 3 - 2 NCAA National Semifinal setback to Grand Valley State at Highmark Stadium.
The eleventh-ranked College of Saint Rose twice cut into two-goal deficits with a pair of second half strikes. Sophomore forward Kaelyn Britt redirected a short lob in the area from senior forward Nina Predanic that made it a 2-1 game in the 56th minute. Senior midfielder Morgan Burchhardt then ran onto the ball just outside the box, dribbled and calmly slipped her shot into the lower right corner to make it 3-2 at the 75th minute.
However, Grand Valley State staved off several Saint Rose forays into the offensive third throughout the final 15 minutes to punch a ticket to their sixth title match within the past seven years.
Senior keeper Marika Laurendeau and the defensive group of seniors Nia Brown, Deanna Trongone, Karmyn Carter, Frazzoni, and freshman Sanna Rein stood tall to keep the country's top scoring offense, which entered the game averaging 4.71 goals, at bay. Grand Valley State manufactured a 26-1 first half shot advantage that turned dramatically in the second period with only a 6-4 differential.
Junior forward Ava Cook and freshman forward Chantel Carranza put Grand Valley State up 2-0 at halftime with a pair of goals 21 minutes apart. Cook struck in the 22nd minute and Carranza one-touched home a feed from sophomore midfielder Gianna Parlove with less than three minutes left until intermission.
Senior midfielder Riko Sigara made it 3-1 with the eventual game-winner in the 61st minute.