FC Buffalo Women top Rochester, win inaugural match


FC Buffalo’s first ever women’s side picked up a win at the first time of asking in a 2-1 win over the Rochester Lady Lancers at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York on Sunday.

Flummoxed all day by Rochester goalkeeper Saundra Baron — not to mention the at least six times FCBFLO hit the post — FCB captain Carissima Cutrona set up Daniielle Vis for a top-shelf goal in the 58th minute and Emily Lazenby sent Kelsey Araujo to the races for the second goal after Rochester equalized from the spot.

[ BOX SCORE: Rochester Lady Lancers 1-2 FC Buffalo Women ]

Baron, a five-times capped Trinidad and Tobago national team member, made 15 saves on Cutrona and the FCBFLO attack, sending coach Nikki Bartholomew’s team into halftime of its first match deadlocked at zero.

Here’s the first goal, as Cutrona jumps onto a loose ball and holds off a defender before sending a ball through the box for Vis’ emphatic finish.

A freak bounce in the box struck the arm of an FCB defender to give Rochester a chance to tie the score from the spot.

Emily Kelly made three tremendous saves over 90 minutes and was in full control of the 18-yard box, but couldn’t stop the penalty.

But FCB responded through Araujo, whose speed was a problem for the Lancers all day. Victoria Colotti stole the ball at right back and four Wolves touched the ball by the time Emily Lazenby got the ball on the left and sent Araujo into the box for a nutmegged finish.

FCB next plays at 7pm ET Saturday at Albany Rush.