Vermont Falls to Northeastern and Colgate in Women’s Soccer Action

Junior Jen North (Duxbury, Mass.) scored twice and teammate Jess Pfeifer (Newtown, Mass.) handed out two assists to lead the visiting Northeastern Huskies to a 3-1 victory over Vermont at Centennial Field.

Freshman Kristin Kowalik (Vikingstad, Sweden) one-timed a cross from Pfeifer from six yards out to put Northeastern up 1-0 at 23:48. North followed less than a minute later, heading in a corner from Pfeifer on the back post to give NU a 2-0 lead at the half.

North scored again at 80:27 collecting a pass from Andi Matthews (South Easton, Mass.) and beating Vermont goaltender Katie Duffy (Monroe, N.Y.) in a one-on-one situation for Northeastern’s third goal of the game.

Vermont broke the shutout when sophomore Jamie Koehnlein (Honeoye, N.Y.) converted a penalty kick at 82:27. But that was all the offense the Catamounts could put together.

Although the shots were fairly even, 15-14 in favor of Vermont, the Huskies held a nine to four advantage in corner kicks in the contest.

Cynthia Slowik (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made 11 saves in the Northeastern net to post the win, while Duffy made eight saves in the Vermont goal.

Senior Kate Barrett (Troy, N.Y.) one-timed a cross from teammate Megan Bergman (Seattle, Wash.) in the 95th minute in the first sudden-death overtime period to lift Colgate past Vermont, 2-1, in women’s soccer action this afternoon.

Vermont took an early 1-0 lead when Nikkie Hessney (Victor, N.Y.) one-timed a cross from Sara Jablonski (South Huntington, N.Y.) into the Colgate net in the eighth minute of action. Colgate answered eight minutes later to even the score. Kelly Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) broke free from the Vermont defense and beat UVM goalkeeper Katie Duffy (Monroe, N.Y.) in a one-on-one situation in the 16th minute.

Despite both teams having good scoring opportunities, the two squads remained knotted, 1-1, throughout the second 45 minutes of action. Barrett’s game-winner came on a Colgate counterattack and gave the Raiders their 10th victory of the season.

Alex Baker (Issaquah, Wash.) made seven saves in the Colgate net to pick up the win, while Duffy also finished the game with seven saves.

Colgate improves to 10-6 on the season, while Vermont falls to 5-6-3 overall. The Catamounts return to action on Friday when they travel to Stony Brook for an America East game.

-Athletic Communications