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RAIDERS KICK START SEASON WITH 2-0 WIN

Goals by Williams, Brawner Lift Colgate Past New Hampshire

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – With anticipation racing as the start of the 2013 women’s soccer season got officially underway Friday afternoon, it didn’t take long for Colgate to find the back of the net. And claim its opening win.

soccer_ballSophomore Catherine Williams notched the season’s first goal just three minutes into the contest and Caroline Brawner added another goal at the 20-minute mark as the Raiders soared to a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire. The game was the opener of Vermont’s TD Bank Classic.

“It’s always a terrific feeling to start off with a win,” Colgate head coach Kathy Brawn said. “We took good advantage of early scoring opportunities and had a solid first half. The second half was more of a mixed bag.

“We will enjoy the good weather and get prepared for UVM on Sunday.”

Colgate saw its first goal by its top-returning scorer when Williams volleyed the ball into the back of the goal. The play originated after Jenna Panepinto and Kelsey Houghteamed up to send a perfect cross into the box, giving the Raiders an early 1-0 lead.

soccer_ballThe Raiders continued with high pressure throughout the remainder of the first half. Colgate held the Wildcats to three shots in the first 45 minutes, with all of them being outside the 18-yard box.

Brawner extended Colgate’s advantage to 2-0, when the junior captain one-touched the ball past the goalie and into the left-hand corner of the net. Rookie Sarah Coy was awarded the assist on the player after she dribbled to the endline and crossed it over to a waiting Brawner for the goal.

Jenna Raepple looked to snag a goal of her own when she fired a shot from 20 yards out with under eight minutes left to play in the half. The ball nearly went in but sailed just high over the crossbar.

Colgate held the halftime advantage on the stat sheet as they led New Hampshire 2-0 on goals, 6-3 on shots and 1-0 on corner kicks.

Early in the second half, rookie goalie Brenna Mason made a brilliant save on New Hampshire’s Jenna Shaddock to stop a goal.

soccer_ballThe Wildcats continued their offensive attack, gathering a few good scoring chances. But each time the Raiders defense had an answer.

Colgate tilted the momentum back its way when Williams broke free in the middle of the field with the ball. She almost found Coy when she split the defense just outside the top of the 18 with a great ball, but New Hampshire goalie Erica Correa came out to kick it away.

The Raiders held strong for the remainder of the game, earning their first shutout and win of the year.

Mason made her first collegiate start in net for the Raiders, notching three saves throughout the contest.

Colgate is back on the pitch Sunday afternoon, taking on host Vermont in the tournament finale at 1:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live for free here.

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