Women’s Soccer Tops American, 2-1

Matt Flannery

Last Sunday, the Colgate women’s soc­cer team traveled to Washington, D.C. to take on Patriot League foe American University. Propelled by two goals from sophomore forward Jillian Kinter and ex­cellent goalkeeping by sophomore Alexis Longwell, the Raiders took home the win with a final score of 2-1. With the victory, Colgate is now 5-10 overall.

The first goal of the match came from Kinter in the 14th minute when she headed a ball over the outstretched hands of American’s keeper, senior Lindsey Far­thing. The goal was started by sophomore midfielder Alyssa Manoogian, who deliv­ered a short pass to senior forward Anna Baldwin. Baldwin took the pass and deliv­ered a perfectly placed chip to Kinter, who finished the play to give Colgate a lead that it would never relinquish.

Kinter delivered her second goal of the game a lucky 13 minutes after her first. Manoogian set up the goal once again, finding a wide open Kinter streaking down the left side. She then struck a low shot beyond the reach of Farthing and tucked it into the net.

Shortly after Kinter’s second goal of the game, American bounced back with a quick goal in the 32nd minute. American midfielder sophomore Jasmine Mohande­si lofted a shot that was partially tipped by Longwell and bounced off the cross­bar. Out of position after the initial save, Longwell was unable to retreat in time to make a play on junior midfielder Mikaila Weaver’s rebound.

The Eagles’ quick response narrowed the deficit to one goal for American, but that was all that they were able to muster.

In the second half, Colgate employed a much more defensive scheme. The Raiders took only three shots in the half, as op­posed to the eight that they fired in the first half.

The Eagles continued their attack, shooting another seven shots during the second period of play, but were unable to capitalize on any of their opportunities.

Longwell continued her strong play, making three more saves to keep Ameri­can at bay. When the final whistle blew, Colgate had stolen a road victory away from Patriot League rival American by a final score of 2-1.

American outshot Colgate 14-11, but the suffocating defense and strong goalkeeping of the Raiders was just enough to squeeze out a victory.

Colgate will return to the field twice this week.

On Friday, October 22, the Raiders will play at home against the Holy Cross Crusad­ers. The Crusaders are 0-3-1 in the Patriot League and 3-9-2 overall.

On Sunday, the Raiders take the field against Army in their final home game of the season. The Black Knights are cur­rently ranked third in the Patriot League with a record of 2-0-2 and a record of 11-3-2 overall.

The victory over American helped the Raiders up to .500 in the Patriot League. Colgate is now ranked fifth in the conference with a record of 2-2-0.