First-Year Leads Women’s Soccer In Weekend Sweep

First-Year Leads Women's Soccer In Weekend Sweep

Jeff Fein

Not since Joey McEntire has a new kid on the block has made this big an impact. In her first two games wearing the maroon and white, first-year Franny Iacuzzi scored three goals and added two assists to help lead the women’s soccer team to a weekend sweep. The Evanston, Il native found the net when the Raiders most needed it, scoring the game-winning goal in both games contests. The Raiders are 2-0 after dominating Fairfield in the sloppiest of conditions on Saturday and holding off LaSalle the next afternoon. It was a wet and wild Saturday night for the Raiders as they crushed Fairfield, 5-0, in their season opener in the midst of a downpour on Van Doren Field. When the rain finally let up, the Raiders did not, racking up all five of their goals in the second half on their way to a resounding season-opening win.Colgate controlled the ball for much of the first half, but was unable to convert. Meanwhile, the Raider defense, led by senior co-captain Kyle Koch, kept the Stags at bay and the teams went to halftime locked in a scoreless tie.The second half was interrupted in the opening minutes when a thunderstorm hit Hamilton. After a delay that lasted over two hours, the well-rested Raiders took the field again, and the barrage of goals began.Iacuzzi put Colgate on the board with a goal at 48:23, off a feed from sophomore Kelly Niland. Three minutes later, Niland and Iacuzzi teamed up to find junior Kelly Kuss to make it 2-0. The goal was number 21 of Kuss’s career, tying her for 13th on Colgate’s all-time scoring list. “It’s an honor to be placed among some of the greatest players to come out of the Patriot League,” Kuss said of the goal.Later in the match, Iacuzzi scored again, this time on a breakaway started junior Carlyn Warhaftig’s beautiful feed over the defense. Senior co-captain Ali Bernadini added the final two goals for the Raiders to put Fairfield away, with both scores coming on assists from sophomore midfielder Megan Bergman. The game was never in question, as Colgate out-shot its opponent 23-4 and held Fairfield to only one shot on goal. First-year goalkeeper Carly Sousa and the Colgate defense saw more action the next day in the Raider’s one-goal victory against LaSalle. In her first collegiate start, Sousa made three saves help seal the Colgate win. Iacuzzi once again played the starring role, scoring one Colgate goal and assisting on the other. Bergman started the scoring with an early goal at the 25:52 mark off a cross-field feed from Iacuzzi. Neither team would score again until into the second half, when Iacuzzi took a long pass from senior Heather McSherry and found the top-left corner of the net. The goal would prove to be the game winner. LaSalle’s Rachael Tobin would cut the lead to one at the 62:42 mark, but it was too little, too late for the Explorers. Colgate’s defense clamped down in the game’s final minutes to preserve the Raider victory. The Raiders, who were eliminated in the first round of the Patriot League playoffs last year after going 11-8-1 overall and 5-1-1 in league play, are feeling good about the young season.”The team is very excited with our great start and can’t wait to keep the rolling next weekend,” said Kuss after the win over LaSalle. “I believe we can easily exceed last year’s success. We return many great players and have a very strong freshman class that can hopefully help us to bring the Patriot League title home.”