BRAWN GRABS 100-RAIDERS ADVANCE TO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Colgate women’s soccer head coach Kathy Brawn earned her 100th Patriot League win Friday as her team defeated American 3-0 at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on the campus of Navy.
Colgate (10-5-4) was led by Catherine Williams, Caroline Brawner and Jillian Kinter who all notched goals in the match. Ashley Walsh grabbed three saves on the afternoon.
“This is a great feeling, it’s not just winning the game I thought that the way that we won it really stuck close to our game plan,” head coach Brawn said. “I thought that American really came out strong and hard like we knew they would, and to get a goal against the wind like we did in the first half really was an important factor in getting the win today.”
American (6-10-3) saw two shots from Michelle Montilio. Charlene Belanger made six saves throughout the game.
The Raiders spent most of the first half in the Eagles defensive zone notching eight shots to Americans three. Colgate grabbed its first goal off a rebound from Williams. The goal came in the 27th minute and originated off a shot by Jenna Raepple. The goalie bobbled the initial shot letting Williams have a chance at the rebound. The freshman stepped up big in this semifinal match giving the Raiders the 1-0 lead.
Colgate dominated the scoring chances in the first 45 minutes starting with a shot from Raepple at the top of 18-yard box. Her shot hit off the left post and bounced back into play giving the Raiders their first chance at net just 10 minutes into the game.
The Raiders showcased their great teamwork by passing between the American midfield. Williams played the ball to Lexi Panepinto who was making a run down the left hand side of the field. Panepinto found her sister Jenna Panepinto who was making a parallel run in the center of the field. She took a shot at net but it was deflected out for a corner kick. The corner by Kelsey Hough bounced around in the box before finding the head of Chelsea Roche. She flicked the ball over the defense of American for Raepple to run onto, however Raepple was called offside before she could put it away.
Newly announced Patriot League Player of the Year, Kinter force a turnover deep in the Eagles half, earning herself a breakaway in the box. She took one touch before Belanger came out pressuring her to shoot. Her shot was saved but gave Colgate another scoring chance at net.
American’s only true scoring opportunity came with 20 minutes left in the half. Kirsten Eriksen crossed the ball into the box but Walsh punched it away before any Eagles players could do any harm.
Early into the second half American almost equalized after Erin Mulhern took a hard strike inside the box. Walsh once again saved a scoring chance pushing the ball over the net and out for a corner.
J. Panepinto opened up the field by making a run down the sideline with the ball. She dribbled deep into the American half and crossed it into the box. Williams read the cross and directed her run toward the ball. The defender trailing Williams got a touch on the ball before she was able to grab her second of the game.
Colgate extended its lead with 25 minutes left to play in the game. The Raiders earned a free kick from 30 yards out. Roche stepped up to take the kick and placed it in the middle of the box. The ball fell at the foot of Brawner through a mixture of players, where she was able to one touch it into the back of the net.
The Raiders continued the attacking pressure and earned another chance at goal. J. Panepinto took the ball down the side of the field and played a beautiful cross into the box. Raepple found the ball and one touched it at net. Her shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted back into play.
Less than five minutes later the Raiders found their third and final goal after Hough played a long ball into Brawner, who was making a run on the right side of the field. Brawner saved the rolling ball off the end line by one timing it into the middle of the box. The ball landed perfectly on the head of Kinter, who smashed it into the back of the net to secure a Colgate 3-0 win.
The Raiders kept the ball possession throughout the rest of the game advancing them to the Patriot League Championship on Sunday.
“This group of players are so connected with one another, they’re so dialed into what we are trying to do and they play well together,” Brawn added.
“When you have that and the talent that we have you can really accomplish so much. It’s a fun group to work with and I’m looking forward to just being in a championship game. Hopefully we bring our “a” game and the best will come out.”
Sunday’s game is set for 2 p.m. at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Sunday. They await the winner of tonight’s night game against Lehigh/Navy.
RAIDERS READY TO CAPTURE TITLE GET SET FOR LEAGUE TOURNEY
HAMILTON – Heading into the weekend, the No. 2-seeded Colgate women’s soccer team looks to take down Navy, American and Lehigh to capture the title of 2012 Patriot League Champions.
The Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., serves as the host of this year’s four-team playoff. The Raiders have qualified for their League-best 20th postseason tournament, all under the tutelage of head coach Kathy Brawn. Colgate has also extended the League’s longest active tournament-appearance streak at five years.
“This is always an exciting time of the season,” Brawn said. “There are four quality teams in the tournament and it has motivated everyone on our team to train a bit harder this week.”
Colgate takes on American for the second time in less than a week. American, with an overall record of 6-9-3, saw Carleigh Morba and Lindsay Muri score goals to tie the game 2-2 last Saturday in Washington D.C.
The semifinals are set to take place Friday, with second-seeded Colgate battling No. 3 American in the opener at 3 p.m. Top seed and host Navy takes on No. 4 Lehigh in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
Patriot League Tournament
While making the postseason is an accomplishment in its own, the team members will have in the back of their minds what happened a year ago. After securing the top seed in the 2011 tournament, the Raiders hosted the Army Black Knights in a semifinal matchup on Van Doren Field.
Colgate fell to the eventual PL Champions 2-0 after a late Black Knight’s goals secured the win with less than 30 seconds left. The Raiders were down early in the match following an Army goal just six minutes in. They put pressure on Black Knight’s goalkeeper Monica Lee but were unable to find the equalizer.
Heading into the 2012 season the Raiders had one thing on their mind — winning the Patriot League title. With first class performances so far this year by senior captainsJillian Kinter and Ashley Walsh, Colgate has found itself back in a position to grab the gold.
Kinter leads the team with 13 goals, nine assists and 35 points on the season. She has tallied five game-winning goals to lift Colgate to a record of 9-5-4. This season she became the eight player in history to record 20 or more career assists. She currently sits eight overall with 83 career points, eighth with 31 career goals and tied for fifth with 35 season points.
Walsh has continued to be a defensive anchor for the Raiders, grabbing 90 saves just this season in net. She has allowed only 30 goals on 227 shots faced. She currently sits fourth all-time in career saves with 375 and tied for third with nine season shutouts.
Also making a bang this year is sophomore Caroline Brawner, who has grabbed six goals and three assists so far. Along with Jenna Raepple, Kelsey Hough, Jenna Gibney,Elise Amioka, and Chelsea Roche, Brawner is the reason the Raiders have conceded only 31 goals during the 2012 campaign.
The freshman class has definitely made an immediate impact on the team as well. Twin sisters Jenna Panepinto and Lexi Panepinto have both started every game but one for Colgate with both earning two goals so far in their rookie season. Freshman phenomenon Catherine Williams does not play like any old freshman — she has 10 goals with eight assists so far this year. Williams has been one of the PL’s top rookies and she looks to continue that this weekend. She has started all 18 games for the Raiders and has the fifth highest point total for a first-year player in school history with 28.