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Steele Helps Houghton Downs SUNY Canton

Sarah Riedel scored her third goal of the season but the SUNY Canton women’s soccer team fell 4-1 to visiting Houghton College on Thursday evening in non-league action.


Result:  Houghton 4, SUNY Canton 1Location: SUNY Canton Turf – Canton, NYRecords: Houghton (5-7-2) | SUNY Canton (4-9-1).

Sophomore, Alex Steele, who earned a host of honors in soccer, basketball and lacrosse at Heuvelton Central, enjoyed a return to the North Country as a forward/midfielder for the Highlanders. She has started all 14 games and has one assist on the season. She tallied one goal and one assist last season.

The Roos had a quality look three minutes in when a loose ball came to Madison Rowe near the top of the box but her shot sailed just high. Minutes later Houghton had a great opportunity of their own off a set piece but McKenzie Marti’s shot struck off the center of the cross bar.Houghton got on the board first when Kealy DeForest played a through ball from left to center to Sierra Neddo in on the breakaway. Neddo beat Roo goalkeeper Jenny Ward into the left corner of goal for the early advantage.SUNY Canton responded just more than two minutes later off a throw in. Madison Seguin kicked a high ball up field to Sarah Riedel. Riedel used a nifty header to get past her defender and placed a beautiful left-footed shot into the lower right corner to knot the game at one.T

Heuvelton product Alex Steele has started all 14 games playing forward and halfback for Houghton College as a sophomore. (Houghton College Photo)

he Highlanders retook the lead in the 56th minute when Mikayla Gaffney played a ball from inside the box to Moriah Steffen up top. She caught Ward off her line after the Roos were scrambling defensively as Steffen placed a shot into the top of the net.The visitors added an insurance marker 12 minutes later when Neddo played a pass to Mary Doell on her left. Doell took one touch and placed a perfect shot into the left corner.S

UNY Canton had a chance with 14 minutes remaining after the Houghton keeper played the ball outside the box. Delanie Baker’s shot toward the top left was saved by Rachael Fortney to keep the lead at two.Houghton added a late goal off the foot of Alexa Hoag for the 4-1 final.Ward finished with nine saves for the Roos, while Fortney made one stop for Houghton.

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