Women's Soccer Gears Up for Crucial Patriot League Weekend
Oct. 5, 2006
EASTON, Pa.- (www.lafayette.edu) - Following two days of preparation, the Lafayette women's soccer team is set to host a pair of critical Patriot League games this weekend. Defending champion Bucknell invades Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium on Friday night at 7 p.m. Less than 48 hours later, Colgate comes to College Hill to complete the weekend set. Kick-off for the Sunday afternoon matinee is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Lafayette comes into the weekend with an 0-1 league record, after falling to Lehigh 1-0 in overtime last weekend. Tri-captain Caroline Tuttle leads the Leopards offensively with three goals and one assist in the 2006 campaign. Fellow junior Kelly Koreyva has also made strong contributions, recording two goals and two assists this season. The Leopard defense has been a solid backbone for the squad all year, allowing 16 goals in 10 games. Tri-captains Trista Burke and Ashley Yelland, along with junior Megan Hillin have started all 10 games for the Leopards in the back. In net, junior Mary Kate Erdman has accumulated 48 saves to go along with her 1.60 goals against average.
The Bison have picked up right where they left off last season. The defending champions bring a 7-3-1 overall record to Easton. Offensively, Bucknell is led by sophomore Jennifer Dervarics and junior Krista Lee Gentile. Dervarics has compiled 14 points in 2006, tallying six goals and two assists. Gentile provides another offensive threat, totaling twelve points in just six games for the Bison. In goal, Bucknell is led by senior Katie Dry, who has started all 11 games. Dry has earned a 0.93 GAA and made 54 saves in the 2006 campaign.
Colgate will make a stop in Bethlehem before coming to Easton to battle Lehigh on Friday night. Offensively, the Raiders are led by freshman Jillian Arnault with 11 points coming off of four goals and three assists. Junior Franny Iacuzzi is tied for the team lead in goals with Arnault. Iacuzzi has added two assists to complement her four goals for a total of 10 points. In net, Colgate has been using a tandem of juniors in Carly Sousa and Brittany Pearsall. Pearsall leads the team in goals against average at 0.64 and has a record of 4-1 with three shutouts. Sousa has also had a solid year, with a 1.50 goals against average and a 4-2 overall record.
Head Coach Mick Statham has used the last two days since the loss to Penn to focus on the mentality of his team.
"We talked a lot about the characteristics of winners and being able to play well when you have to in order to win," Statham said. "This is the time of the year when you have to fight for your life. It's also the time when the character of your team is revealed."
After this weekend, the Leopards pack the travel bags for three straight games against league rivals Holy Cross, American, and Navy, starting in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.
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