Patriot League Win, But Road Trouble For Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team started its Patriot League schedule right last week as it defeated Bucknell 2-0 at home. However, the Raiders continued to struggle on the road as they lost in overtime, 2-1 to Iona. The Raiders took no time in getting back on the right foot after going 0-2 on their California road trip, as they scored only 42 seconds into the game against Bucknell. Senior co-captain Kyle Koch launched a shot from 30 yards out that deflected off the crossbar and junior Carolyn Warhaftig converted the rebound for her second goal of the season. Koch was credited with the assist, her first of the season.Colgate continued to control the flow of the game for the next 77 minutes. The defense kept Bucknell off the scoreboard and away from the net, allowing only two shots in the game. With the Bison offense in check, the Raiders were able to go on the offensive, firing 19 shots at the net throughout the game. Colgate had two great chances for an insurance goal but were denied by Bucknell defenders. With the first half winding down, first-year Franny Iacuzzi took the ball towards the net from midfield making her way past several Bucknell defenders and firing a shot that beat the keeper. However, the ball was headed away from the net by a Bucknell player who was standing in goal. Colgate’s next opportunity came 54 minutes into the game. On a breakaway, junior forward Kelly Kuss dribbled past Bucknell goalkeeper Katie Dry but did not get her shot off in time as a Bucknell defender was able to retreat and deflect her shot from the net. After just missing two opportunities to extend their lead, the Raiders refused to be denied any longer in the 77th minute. On a play set up by Kuss Iacuzzi was able to chip a shot over the head of the keeper to give Colgate a 2-0 advantage. It was Iacuzzi’s team leading seventh goal and Kuss’ third assist of the season. The Colgate defense was able to shut down Bucknell for the rest of the game, recording their second shutout of the season. The team continued its string of impressive performances at home, where it holds a record of 3-0 and it has outscored opponents 9-1. This is very good news for a team that has seven of its last 10 games at home. The victory started Colgate’s Patriot League season off right as it improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League. The Raiders took to the road on Tuesday as they squared off against Iona in non-league play. Colgate took the early lead in the game after a goal by sophomore Kelly Niland in the 16th minute. Kuss tallied her team leading fourth assist and second in two games while Iacuzzi was credited with her third assist and 17th point, second-best in her Patriot League. Iona struck back just before the end of the second half on a goal by Sara Monarch to tie the game at one. Both teams were held scoreless in the half by strong defensive efforts on both sides. The game then moved into overtime, where Iona struck quickly. Just two minutes into the overtime period Iona’s Sherry Black scored the game-winning goal off of an assist by Catherine Nathans and Megan Texiera. The loss dropped Colgate to 4-4 overall, including 1-4 on the road. The team has struggled on the road, having been outscored 13-5.Junior Warhaftig was recognized for her impressive performance on offense this week, as she was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. The midfielder scored the game-winning goal against Bucknell on Saturday and has two goals and one assist on the season. Last year Warhaftig was named to the Patriot League all-league first team and has been a three-year starter for the Raiders. The team returns to Van Doren Field this weekend when it plays Navy tomorrow at 1 p.m. and Vermont at 1 p.m. on Sunday.