First half goals hurt women's soccer in loss

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 17, 2009
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Loni Pisani

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Loni Pisani (Kanata, Canada) stopped 12 shots for the Colby College women's soccer team in a 2-0 setback to 15th-ranked Amherst College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday.

Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won a battle in front of the net that resembled a pinball game and her goal ended up being the game-winning score for Amherst.

After a corner kick, Colby tried to clear the ball off a wild scramble in front of the net. The Lord Jeffs banged the ball back in quickly after the Mules cleared the ball to about the  penalty shot mark and Kochanek and two Mules battled for the ball on the goal line. A Colby defender cleared the ball off the line and right into Kochanek and the ball hit another Colby player and trickled into the net at 22:17 of the first half.

Amherst (9-2 overall, 6-1 NESCAC) scored an insurance goal on another unusual tally when Hannah Cooper (Bethesda, Md.) hit a 20-yard shot that slammed off the crossbar and bounced back and hit diving Colby goalie Loni Pisani (Kanata, Canada) and went into the net with 15:17 left in the half.

The Lord Jeffs had a 12-2 shot advantage in the opening half, but Colby (4-6-1, 1-5-1) did mount some offense in the second half and Amherst had a 19-10 advantage for the game.

Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, Conn.) stopped five shots for the Lord Jeffs, while Pisani (Kanata, Canada) made 12 stops for the Mules.

Amherst 2, Colby 0

Amherst              2#0---2

Colby                     0#0---0

1st half

A: Jill Kochanek, 22:43

A: Hannah Cooper, 29:43

                Shots: Amherst 19, Colby 10. Corner kicks: Amherst 4, Colby 2. Goalies: Allie Horwitz (Amherst, 90:00, 0 GA, 5 saves); Loni Pisani (Colby, 90:00, 2 GA, 12 saves).




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