Golden, Smith Net Athletes of the Week
October 1, 2012
Junior Paige Golden (Kent, NY/Albion) recorded another double-double as the Keuka College women’s volleyball rallied from a two-set deficit to stun Ithaca College Thursday night.
Senior Nate Smith (Hilton, NY/Hilton) recorded his second straight two-goal game as the Keuka men’s soccer team blanked Lancaster Bible College, 2-0 Friday night.
On Monday, Golden and Smith were honored as Keuka College’s Athletes of the Week. This is Golden’s third time earning Athlete of the Week, and the second time Smith has earned the award.
Golden, the reigning NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week, compiled 22 kills with 28 digs as the Storm overcame a two-set deficit to knock off the Bombers, winning 15-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-22 and 15-7.
In the decisive fifth set, Golden posted back-to-back kills as Keuka took a 5-1 lead. Leading 12-6, sophomore Devan Curtis (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente) and Golden had back-to-back kills, bringing up match point. A kill then clinched the win for the Storm, the sixth-straight victory for the Green and Gold.
The digs were the most in a match this year for Golden, and her 22 kills were her second-highest figure. She currently leads Keuka in kills (176) and is second in digs (212) and is averaging 3.52 kills and 4.24 digs per game.
Golden ranks ninth in the NEAC in both kills and digs, and is third in the conference in kills per set and fourth in digs per set.
Smith scored twice to power Keuka (6-2, 4-2 NEAC) to a 2-0 home win over Lancaster Bible College Friday night.
Neither team was able to score over the next 20 minutes, until sophomore Austin Gerber (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) found Smith for his second goal of the contest.
Gerber played a cross from the left corner of the field into Smith, who was standing six yards out near the center of the goal. Smith quickly corralled the ball and sent a one-time shot high over Lancaster Bible goalie Tim Landis Jr. for a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute.
It was Smith’s second straight game scoring two goals, and his effort moved the Keuka co-captain into a tie for 10th all-time on Keuka’s scoring list with 22 goals and 54 points.
For the season, Smith has now scored seven goals with four assists (18 points) for the Storm, and currently leads the NEAC in goals, assists and points. Keuka currently has three of the top nine goal scorers in the conference.