Colgate’s talented offense overcame an early deficit last night at Berman Field, rallying late in second half to defeat the Cornell women’s soccer team, 3-1.
Cornell (6-3-0, 1-1 Ivy) opened the game with a score, and maintained the lead until the second half. But, Colgate (7-3-1, 1-0 Patriot) would prove to be too much, as three different Raiders netted goals in the last fifteen minutes.
“We played very well in the first half,” said head coach Berhane Andeberhan. “We’ve had troubles in the first half of games, but we played well, and defended well. [Late in the game], we played rather untidy. We were not connecting like we know we should.”
Cornell recently had difficulty in the first half against Ivy rival Penn, before the Red enjoyed a solid second half against the Quakers. But last night, it was the second half that would cause the Red trouble.
Senior Kara Ishikawa registered Cornell’s only goal of the game in the 22nd minute, netting an unassisted score that went into the upper right corner of the goal. It was her fifth goal of the year.
The Red maintained control for most of the first half, outshooting Colgate, 9-5, and Cornell went into halftime with the lead. The Red continued its offensive charge after the break, but Colgate would take over as the half progressed.
“We were squandering a lot of opportunities for possession, and a lot of scoring opportunities,” Andeberhan said. “We were taking some silly shots. We just played about 20 minutes of really untidy soccer.”
In the 75th minute, Franny Iacuzzi – Colgate’s leading scorer – tucked a goal inside the left post. It was her seventh goal of the year. In the 83rd minute, Colgate’s Brittney Putnam scored off a rebound to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead. Two minutes later, Jackie Burch would add another goal for the visitors to close out the scoring.
“We have to give Colgate credit,” Andeberhan said, noting the speed of the Raiders. “They kept coming. We had a good plan for it for about 60 minutes of the game, [but] we went away from it.” Freshman Taylor Hendren had five saves on the night. Colgate goalie Luisa Miller had 11 saves for the Raiders. The Red outshot Colgate, 19-15, for the game.
The Red will return to Ivy League play on Saturday, meeting Harvard at Berman Field. The Crimson are 5-3-1 overall, and 0-1-1 in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson lost, 2-1, to Yale on Saturday. Harvard played Penn to scoreless tie on Sept. 24.
Archived article by Ted Nyman
Sun Staff Writer