Women’s Soccer Victorious Over Rival Cornell

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Jessica Rice

Colgate pulled out a 3-0 win over the Big Red on Sunday, sharing offensive props evenly between Emily Manoogian, Caroline Brawner and Lexi Panepinto. The goals marked the first of the season for Panepinto and Manoogian. Colgate dominated especially in the second half when they maintained possession and found several open shots. The Raiders ended the game 3-0, giving Erin Cummings her second shutout of the year. The team showed its offensive depth in the impressive win.

“It was great that we had three different players score three different types of goals today,” Colgate head coach Kathy Brawn said. “There are still some things we need to do in some other parts of the field and in the game, however, that fortunately didn’t cost us today. We will have to do a better job managing that in the games moving forward.”

Colgate came out to a slow start against their Big Red rivals at home on Saturday afternoon. Cornell earned the first

scoring chance in the 10th minute with a corner kick. Junior Chelsea Roche blocked a shot. Colgate goalie Erin Cummings defended brilliantly against the shot to save the play, pushing the ball off the crossbar and back into play for a clear.

The Raiders came back right away, scoring five minutes later after sophomore forward Catherine Williams sent a perfect ball to Manoogian, who finished it off to set the score at 1-0. The Raiders extended the lead to 2-0 when Brawner beat her defender and scored the second goal of the season off a soft pass from Panepinto.

Colgate kept the momentum going, finding the back of the net again less than two minutes later when Panepinto struck the upper 90 off a Brawner assist.

Cornell came dangerously close to scoring in the final minutes of the half, but Roche came up big again with another defensive block to defend Cummings’s second shutout of the year.

“Erin’s really stepped up and has been fantastic for us,” Brawn said. “We really challenged her to have more of a presence in the goal. She has definitely shown that every time she’s stepped on the field, not just in the games, but in practice as well. It’s given her and her teammate more confidence.”

The Raiders will be back on the pitch this Friday September 13 when they travel to reigning Big East champions Marquette in a contest that starts at 7 p.m. Central time.

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