The American University women's soccer team tallied its second consecutive shutout with a 3-0 win over Lafayette on Sunday afternoon as it earned its second straight Patriot League victory.
"I thought they were great today and I thought that was one of the most complete performances we've put on in awhile," said Head Coach Dave Bucciero. "I'm really happy with the way they played in a lot of different areas. I have nothing but positive things to say about this team, and winning 3-0 today against a good Lafayette side says something about our team."
American (4-8-2, 2-1-0) took the lead in the eighth minute. Erin Mulhern played the ball through to Michelle Montilio in front of the net. Montilio drove to the right and was able to beat the Lafayette goalkeeper, scoring an easy goal for the 1-0 advantage. The senior looked to add a second in the 15th minute, but the header was saved by Lauren Smedley.
Lafayette (4-8-2, 1-2-0) tried to get the equalizer in the 41st minute, but Charlene Belanger was able to stop Allison Stone's attempt to keep the Eagles up by one.
American had a pair of opportunities to open the second half, but both Mulhern and Nicole Paviglionite's attempts were blocked by the Leopards defense. The Eagles were able to notch their second goal of the day in the 65th minute when Michaela Cowgill received a cross from Sam Trotta and was able to head it in for the 2-0 lead.
Lafayette nearly added a goal in the 76th minute. Jaclyn Giordano's shot hit the top crossbar and bounced straight down just outside the goal line. The Eagles were able to clear the ball and prevent the Leopards' from erasing the deficit.
American registered its third of the match in the 86th minute. Carleigh Morba sent in a shot that was saved by Smedley. After the initial save, the keeper fumbled the ball and Kristin Piorun was there to put it into the net for the 3-0 victory.
The Eagles held an 18-5 advantage in the game with an 8-2 margin in corner kicks. Belanger posted two saves to earn her second consecutive shutout.
"We're 2-1 right now and we're in a good spot," said Bucciero. "We've got to get ready to play a very talented Bucknell team but we set a goal of winning at home and we've done that in our first two games and its fantastic."
American will take on Bucknell on Saturday, October 13 at 1 p.m. as it looks to make it three straight. The Eagles return to Reeves Field on Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. against Colgate.