Dozier Nets Two in 4-2 Loss to Colgate
Oct. 19, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - A thrilling 90 minutes of soccer saw Lafayette fail to duplicate its first-half comeback on Friday evening against Colgate, as the team fell 4-2 at Oaks Stadium, after coming back from a 2-0 hole.
Colgate scored twice within a minunte in the first half, only to have the score tied on a pair of Jill Dozier tallies before halftime. The Raiders came out in the second half and reclaimed their two-goal lead after Jillian Kinter put two past Lafayette goalkeeper Lauren Smedley in a four-minute stretch.
With the loss the Maroon and White fall to 4-10-2 overall and 1-4-0 in Patriot League play. Colgate improves to 9-4-3 in 2012 and remains unbeaten in conference games (4-0-1).
Less than five minutes in, Kinter made her presence felt offensively for the visiting Raiders when she got in behind the Leopards' back four. From about six yards out on the far side Kinter fired a shot, but Smedley was there to stone her and knock the attempt aside. Colgate's resulting corner was well-defended by Lafayette and no damage was done.
In the 15th minute, Colgate scored consecutive goals in the blink of an eye when Catherine Williams ran onto a Jenna Panepinto through ball and slotted it into the left side netting to make it 1-0. Twenty-eight seconds after the first tally, Kinter played a pass from the endline to Caroline Brawner near the penalty spot and she converted her chance to make it a two-goal game.
Dozier took it upon herself to infuse some energy into the Lafayette attack with an incredible individual effort in the 30th minunte. The senior striker took a pass out of the back and poked the ball behind Colgate's last defender at midfield. Dozier was nearly taken down from behind after winning the footrace for the ball, but kept her balance before going in alone on Ashley Walsh. She slid a shot past Walsh on the right side to cut the deficit in half.
Nearly a minute later, Dozier took a pass on the right side from Laura Zito and took it into the Colgate penalty area after beating a pair of defenders. The senior chipped a high shot over Walsh into the far side of the goal to even the score at two apiece. Dozier's marker was her team-leading ninth of the year and the score held until halftime.
Seven minutes after intermission Colgate had a golden opportunity stopped by Smedley on a tic-tac-toe play deep in the Leopards' defensive end. Smedley was caught out of position after a cross was played to Kinter on the far post. Kinter's one time service was sent back across the goalmouth for Williams' deflection that the Lafayette keeper pounced on, keeping the game tied at 2-2.
Kinter would not be denied, though, as the All-Patriot League performer scored the next two goals to put Colgate up 4-2. The first goal was a result of a nifty backheel pass in traffic by Brawner that gave Kinter a 1v1 with Smedley. Her shot was partially stopped, but had enough force to cross the goal line after going between Smedley's legs.
Her second, and 12th of the season, gave Colgate its second two-goal cushion of the night and the Raiders held on for the road victory.
"All we have ever asked is that they give their best," head coach Mick Statham said after the match. "On the training field, in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field. I thought the team gave its best tonight, but it just didn't reflect on the scoreboard. I'm really proud of their attitude and team spirit."
Smedley matched a season-high with eight saves in the loss, while Walsh turned away two shots. Colgate outshot Lafayette 16-5 and held the advantage in corners, 8-2.
Lafayette returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Bucknell. Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Lafayette wore pink socks in the match in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Jill Dozier now has 18 career goals and is fifth on the all-time list behind Caroline Tuttle '08 (20)
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