Smith, Sharick Net Athletes of the Week
September 10, 2012
Seniors Nate Smith (Hilton, NY/Hilton) and Nicole Sharick (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) had huge games over the weekend, leading Keuka College’s soccer teams to important conference wins. On Monday, Smith and Sharick were honored as Keuka’s Athletes of the Week.
Smith scored on a beautiful 25-yard blast as the Storm as Keuka rallied to force overtime against Abington in the NEAC opener for both schools Saturday afternoon at a rainy Jephson Community Athletic Conference. But despite surviving a penalty kick and forcing overtime thanks to Smith’s 73rd minute goal, it wasn’t enough as the Storm lost, 2-1.
On Sunday, Smith had a hand in all three Storm goals as Keuka (3-1, 1-1 NEAC) managed a split during its weekend series.
Smith, who earned first-team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference and third-team All-Region honors in 2011, staked Keuka to a 1-0 lead on a header in the 36th minute, then played a cross into the box for freshman Richie Weit (Rochester, NY/Churchville-Chili), who sent a header into the net for a 2-0 lead in the 58th minute.
Senior John Mastrella (Rochester, NY/Greece Athena) finished the scoring off a feed from Smith in the 81st minute. Smith made a one-touch pass to Mastrella, who scored into an empty net for his sixth goal of the season.
Sharick and junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) each posted two-goal games as Keuka’s women’s soccer team handed Penn State-Abington a 4-2 setback Saturday at the Jephson Community Athletic Conference.
After Abington’s Kirsten Quinn staked the Nittany Lions to a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, Sharick tied the game on her first goal of the season, when she lofted a shot high into the far portion of the goal in the 20th minute.
The teams played the remainder of the first half scoreless, but a quick-strike Storm attack took the lead for good early in the second half. Bandrowski collected a loose ball and dribbled past several defenders before scoring the second goal of her Storm career in the 52nd minute.
Twenty-one seconds later, Sharick notched her second goal of the game, collecting a failed clearing pass, dribbling around the keeper and scoring for a 3-1 lead. It was her second multi-goal game in her last five contests dating to last year.
The women’s soccer team is currently 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the NEAC.