Women's Soccer Explodes for 5-4 Win over Penn
Oct. 26, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Jenny Polak scored two second half goals, including the game-winner with 8:28 left, as Lafayette overcame an early 2-0 deficit for a 5-4 victory over Penn in women's soccer on Wednesday night at Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium.
Brittany Downham gave the Leopards the lead 10 minutes later, capitalizing on a poor clearance off a corner kick to strike the ball into the upper 90.
Penn answered with a goal by Jennifer Price with 17:30 left in the match. Rachel Fletcher found Price with a ball through midfield, and she found the lower right corner of the net.
Polak scored the game-winner with a long-distance blast, as she gathered the ball, turned and shot over Kelley to put Lafayette ahead 5-4.
The Leopards survived several opportunities by Penn in the final 8:28 before clearing the ball with a minute to play.
Freshman Hannah Fink, one of three Lafayette goalkeepers who each played a third of the match, made three saves in the last 29:27 and was credited with the win. Mary Kate Erdman (two goals against, four saves) and Sarah Amtower (one goal against, four saves) were the first two keepers in the match for the Leopards.
Keeley had surrendered just 10 goals in 13 matches, and had a record of 7-3-3 with six shutouts, entering the night. She made two first half saves as Lafayette scored on its final four shots, including all three in the second half.
Rachel Fletcher opened the scoring 7:08 into the match, and Nicky White put Penn up 2-0 just over nine minutes later.
Caroline Tuttle scored her team-high fifth goal of the season in the 27th minute to get the Leopards on the board. Kelly Koreyva knotted the score at 2-2 with five minutes left before the half, as the ball found her inside the six-yard box after a corner kick.
Carolyn Cross gave the Quakers a 3-2 lead just under five minutes into the second half before Polak and the Leopards struck for three goals in the final 35 minutes.
Lafayette will complete its Patriot League schedule, and close the book on the 2005 season, on Friday night vs. Army at West Point.
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