Sept. 30, 2006
WASHINGTON - A three-goal first half brought No. 11 American University field hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Colgate in the team's first Patriot League match up.
AU took control of the first half with just 10 minutes remaining, scoring three quick goals before the whistle blew. Heidi Hershberger (Davis, Calif./Davis) started the scoring off with a great play in the circle, following her shot up, and scoring off the rebound. This opened the scoring gates for the Eagles, notching two more goals within minutes.
Denise Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago) scored the second goal of the game off a penalty corner, assisted by Maggie Hall (Annville, Pa./Palmyra). Just one minute later, Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago) expanded AU's lead to three, registering her first two points off the game. American quickly transitioned to the offensive zone, and Infante found herself open at the top of the arc. She sent a shot sailing to the top right corner, past the Raiders goalkeeper, and the Eagles led by three going into the second half.
It took just 10 minutes into the second half for Colgate to get back in the game, decreasing American's lead to one. Katelyn Nerbonne put Colgate on the board when she nailed a shot from the left side of the circle to the far post. Nerbonne wasn't done registering points on the day though, as she took Allison Fayfich (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) one on one and tallied her second goal of the game.
Leading by one, Kaitlin DeTroia answered for the Eagles, scoring the game-winner off a penalty corner. American University had 10 on the day, and capitalized on two for the win.
In the 59th minute, Nerbonne earned her hat trick, but it still wasn't enough to give the Raiders a victory.
American racked up 24 shots with 16 being on goal. The Eagles also led 10-0 in penalty corners, and capitalized on the opportunities.
American, now 8-3-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the Patriot League, will battle against University at Albany tomorrow in Albany, N.Y. at 2 p.m. looking for their ninth win of the season.