Women’s Soccer Falls in Quarters
October 31, 2012
Senior Sarah Capek (Elmira, NY/Horseheads) scored her third goal of the season, but the Keuka College women’s soccer team saw its season end Wednesday night, falling to Penn State-Harrisburg 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament.
Winners of five of its last six contests heading into the postseason, the sixth-seeded Storm (8-7) fell behind 2-0 on a pair of goals three minutes and 40 seconds apart early in the first half.
Keuka broke through for a goal in the 29th minute. After collecting a through ball, Capek slipped past a defender and made a run down the right side of the field before scoring inside the far post to trim the deficit to one.
The third-seeded Nittany Lions (13-6) took a 3-1 lead into halftime and tacked on a score in the 87th minute to advance in a game played at the Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, Pa.
Sophomore Marriah Gough (Oneida, NY/Stockbridge Valley) started and allowed two goals while making one save for Keuka, which was outshot 26-7.
Freshman Maggie Tower (Waterville, NY/home schooled) came into the game in the 17th minute and made three saves for Keuka, which finished with a .500 record or better for the 14th consecutive season.
Senior Nicole Sharick (Corfu, NY/Pembroke), a three-time All-NEAC forward, finished her career as the Storm’s all-time leading goal scorer with 56. In 2012, she broke her own record for most goals in a season with 22 and, as of Wednesday, was currently second in the country in goals per game (1.57) among Division III student-athletes.
Harrisburg advances to face No. 2 seed Lancaster Bible College (15-4) in the semifinals Saturday.