American Rolls Past Lafayette, 4-2

Oct. 11, 2003

WASHINGTON - For the second consecutive game Marcela Ricupero (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Academia Cotopaxi) got the American University offense going by scoring the first goal of the game. Ricupero finished with two goals and an assist, as she led the Eagles to a 4-2 victory over Lafayette College. Ricupero scored her first goal at 12:39, when she grabbed a pass from Amy Muller (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and snuck it past the Lafayette keeper from short range. It remained a one-goal game for another 32 minutes when Muller scored with just two seconds left in the first half. The play began when AU's Lena Winkler (Denver, Colo./St. Mary's Academy) took a corner kick. Muller collected the ball, and knocked it into the back of the net. It was the first goal of Muller's career, and the defender also picked up her first yellow card of the season. American pushed it to a three-goal lead when Ricupero received a pass from Simone Konig (Gartringen, Germany/School of Economics in Boblingen) and beat one defender, before taking her shot and scoring at 67:46. After Lafayette finally got on the board at 75:04, the Eagles quickly responded. Freshman Meg Runeari scored the first goal of her varsity career. The assist was from Ricupero, and after controlling the pass, Runeari drove to the center of the field , and shot it to the left of the goalie. The goal came at 84:40. Lauren Wohl (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air/Bucknell) notched three saves and faced nine shots. The Eagles led the Leopards statistically, outshooting them 21-9 while also earning a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. AU will next play at Navy on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. Shots: AU 21; Lafayette 9 Saves: AU 3; Lafayette 7 Corners: AU 7; Lafayette 1 Fouls: AU 22; Lafayette 16