WASHINGTON – The American University women's soccer team almost pulled off a huge upset on Senior Day in the season finale, playing top Patriot League team Colgate scoreless through the first 72 minutes. A penalty kick score by the Raiders proved to be the difference however in a 1-0 match.
The Eagles were especially strong in the first half, equaling a 13-win Colgate team in shots, 8-8. AU also had a shot go off the post, a penalty kick hit the crossbar and a breakaway attempt saved by the Raider goalkeeper.
"It was stellar effort put forth by us today. It may have been the best we played all year. Unfortunately it has been the story of our season; where we are in there against some of the top teams, but one thing can take us right out of it," said head coach Anabel Hering.
American did well to clear out an impressive 18 total corner kicks by Colgate, but a foul in the box in the 73rd minute set up the Raiders for the game-winner.
Despite the PK goal, senior Charlene Belanger was solid in net, making seven saves in the match.
Belanger was one of six senior playing in the game and it was evident that each had an extra spark in the last match of 2014.
Lindsay Muri fired off two shots in the game, getting one on net, with a breakaway late in the first half, that only a diving save by Colgate's Brenna Mason could stop.
"It was an awesome class that we will definitely miss. All six were starters for us that played all over the field," said Hering.
It was a strong performance by the Eagles to close out a tough season. American will return nine starters from this season, including Beard and Belanger who will play in their fifth years at AU.