September 28, 2006

W. Soccer Gives Up Lead, Downed by Colgate

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The women’s soccer team found itself in a familiar place Wednesday night as the ladies saw themselves very much in the game against Colgate (8-2) before losing on a second half goal. The loss was more of the same for a Cornell squad that has now lost its last six matches.

Cornell (1-6-1) would take the lead early on a goal by senior forward Caitlin Oliver. The lead would not hold as Colgate striker Jillian Arnault chipped a shot that flew high over freshman goalkeeper Carlyn Swensen in the 31st minute and into the back of the net, sending the squads into the locker room deadlocked at one.

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The Raiders’ Franny Iacuzzi would tally the game winner in the 65th minute as she beat Swensen in the upper corner – Arnault assisted on the goal.

The Red only managed six shots over the course of the match and was unable to beat Colgate keeper Brittany Pearsall after the early goal. Colgate, on the other hand, had 17 shots on goal, three of which were saved by Swensen. This was irregular for a Red squad that has, despite lack of goals, routinely out-shot its opponents of late.

The game was very reminiscent of the Red’s Sept. 10 match against Niagara when Oliver scored an early goal only to see it be for naught in the end. The Red have failed to score more than a single goal in every match since its first game against Lafayette, being held scoreless three times.

The road has been unforgiving for Cornell and the team will likely be ready to finally play a game in Ithaca this Saturday — all six of the losses have been away from home. The Colgate game does little to tarnish the Red’s hopes of Ivy League improvement as the game was an out of league contest.