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CC cracks into the win column

August 28, 2011 | 8:22 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Senior defender Kelsey Wise scored in the 80th minute and junior goalkeeper Hannah Berglund recorded a career-high six saves to help the Colorado College women’s soccer team defeat Jacksonville University, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at CC’s Stewart Field.

Wise buried a header off a perfect service by freshman defender Sarah Haizlip from the right sideline for the second game-winning tally of her career. The assist was the first for Haizlip.

“It was great service by Sarah,” Wise said. “We needed a goal. I’m usually a defensive player and I told myself to get that out of that mindset. I was trying to crash every time I got the chance. I said to myself ‘this one’s going in the net.’ That’s the biggest goal I have scored here. Probably ever.”

Berglund came up big a little less than seven minutes later when she made a diving stop on Eva Leeper’s effort from the left edge of the box with teammate Raquel Weckhurst making a run toward the right post. The victory and shutout were the first of Bergund’s career.

“Those are the kinds of saves where you watch it all the way into your hands,” Berglund said. “You beat the far-post runner to the ball and it’s a clean save.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sierra made a couple of brilliant saves to keep the Dolphins in the contest. She tipped Katie Uyenishi’s header just past the right post with 11:49 remaining in the game and then robbed Brittney Lyman with a one-handed stop at the left post with 5:17 to go.

The Tigers (1-3-0) also sent a couple of shots over the crossbar from point-blank range early in the second half.

“We were overdue,” head coach Geoff Bennett said. “We missed some in-close chances again today, but it was a great service by Sarah Haizlip and Kelsey Wise did a great job finishing. That one was well deserved.”

The Tigers travel to Pennsylvania next weekend for the Pitt Soccer Classic. CC squares off with the host Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and then faces either North Carolina State or Penn State on Sunday at noon.

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