Raiders Notch Three in Victory over Siena

COLGATE C-GATE(Hamilton, NY – Aug. 30, 2013)  In Colgate’s home opener Thursday night, the women’s soccer team saw Sarah Coy and Taryn Tomczyk score their first intercollegiate goals as they lifted the Raiders 3-0 over Siena.

“I’m really happy that the team has come together after kind of a rough start to the beginning of preseason,” head coach Kathy Brawn said. “The team has really risen to the challenges we have been asking of them.”

Coy and Tomczyk were not the only ones to get on the scorecard for Colgate as Sidney Parodie also tallied the middle marker and her second goal of the season off a beautiful header.

“We lost some key players last year and there is always that piece of the puzzle that you are trying to figure out,” Brawn adds. “But this team has come in and played with personality and have done everything we have asked of them. Their own creativity on the field has really made for some exciting soccer. As much as we want to win, we also want to be entertaining and when those two things come together it’s a lot of fun.”

The Raiders dominated most of the possession throughout the game garnering a lot of the scoring opportunities.

Colgate had two good chances on net 15-minutes into the first half. Kelsey Hough played the ball into Catherine Williams at the top of the 18-yard box. Williams then found Jenna Raepple who riffled a shot on goal. After barely getting a hand on the shot, Siena’s goalie pushed the ball out of play for a Raiders corner kick.

Off the short corner kick Colgate played the ball into the box, where a waiting Chelsea Roche got her head on the ball. She redirected it on net but it sailed just high over the crossbar.

The Raiders finally broke through at the 20-minute mark when Coy found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal. Tomczyk fed Coy the ball just outside the 18 where she beat her defender and smashed the ball on goal, giving Colgate the early lead.

Just over 20 minutes later, the Raiders received another goal from Parodie to extend their advantage to 2-0 heading into halftime. The play started after rookie Sophie Lederer beat a Siena defender near the endline. She took a couple touches before crossing the ball to a waiting Parodie. Lederer’s cross landed perfectly on the head of Parodie, where she redirected it to the opposite side of the goal.

The Raiders tallied one more goal in the second half to close out their scoring when Tomczyk notched one of her own. The play came following a long through ball by Williams to a running Lexi Panepinto, who came from the outside back position. Panepinto one touched the ball off the endline to Tomczyk, who shot low to the right-hand corner of the goal. The marker gave Tomczyk her first collegiate goal and three-point game of her career.

Erin Cummings got the start in net for Colgate, earning two saves in 70 minutes of work. Senior Emma Giegerich played the last 20 minutes making one save for the Raiders.

Colgate is back on the pitch Sunday when it travels to nearby Syracuse for a showdown with the Orange at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports.

NOTES: As of Tuesday, Colgate is ranked fourth in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic rankings… Sunday’s 1-0 win over Vermont was head coach Kathy Brawn’s 250th victory at Colgate…The Raiders haven’t started 3-0 since the 2006 season where they went 13-6 overall.

By martha

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