Oct. 12, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University women's soccer team won its second-straight Patriot League contest on Sunday, defeating Lafayette, 3-0, at Reeves Field. The three-goal output tied a season-high, matching the 3-0 win the Eagles earned over Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 2.
After holding possession in the Lafayette end of the field for the majority of the first half, American finally broke the scoreless tie in the 35th minute of play. Leopard's keeper Brittany Futterknecht's goal kick was intercepted about 30 yards from goal by Krystn Hodge. Hodge dribbled to goal, outpacing the chasing Lafayette defense, and put the ball away to the far post for the 1-0 lead. The Eagles outshot the Leopards 9-0 in the first half, but entered the intermission with just a one-goal advantage.
It didn't take long into the second half for American to double its lead, as the Eagles would tally 4:22 in. Kelsey Brasher made a run to the right touch line and sent a perfect pass to through the mouth of the goal to find Brooke Sheppard for the score. Sheppard scored her second goal in as many games and the Eagles led 2-0.
American (5-9-1, 2-1 PL) would get its final goal of the afternoon at 67:42, when Kelly McLaughlin sent a long ball into Brasher. Brasher finished the ball to the upper right hand side of the net for her team-leading fifth goal of the season, and the Eagles defense, who were stalwart all day, closed out the shutout, allowing no shots on goal.
"We played very well in a lot of areas of the game today," said AU head coach Dave Bucciero following the win. "It was another consistent performance for a full 90 minutes. We will enjoy this victory and then begin to prepare for a very important match next Friday at Navy."