Bucknell Women's Soccer Begins Patriot League Play at Home against Colgate This Weekend
Sept. 29, 2006
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell women's soccer team will begin the Patriot League portion of its 2006 schedule this Saturday, Sept. 30, when the team will play host to Colgate at 7 p.m. on Varsity Soccer Field. The Bison, currently 5-3-1 on the season, will be looking to pick up their fifth-straight victory, which would tie the squad's longest streak of 2005, while the Raiders are 8-2 on the year and have won their last two contests.
Colgate leads the all-time series against the Bison with a 14-2 record since the teams first met in 1991 and has won the last four meetings by virtue of shutout. Bucknell's last victory came at home on Oct. 6, 2001, by a 2-1 margin. The only other win of the series by the Orange and Blue was at home, as well, a 1-0 shutout in 1995.
The Bison defense has been a strong point for the squad so far in 2006. Through nine games last season, the team had allowed 18 goals with just two games where Bucknell had held its opponents to one goal and no shutouts. This year, the Orange and Blue have let up more than one goal just once for a total of 10 on the year and has three shutouts to its credit.
Sophomore Jennifer Dervarics (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) leads the Bison in points with 12 on five goals and two assists over the first nine games. Junior Krista Lee Gentile (North Haledon, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) follows with 11 points on five goals and one assist. Last Saturday against Duquesne, Gentile, tallied two goals, including the match-winner to extend her point scoring streak to four games. She was named Patriot League Honorable Mention this past Monday and is currently averaging 2.75 points per game on the year after notching all her points in just four contests, all four of which Bucknell has won.
Senior Katie Dry (Rochester, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), the current Patriot League BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week, has started all nine games in net for the Bison so far this season. She has a 0.92 goals against average and has made 48 saves for a .857 save percentage on the year. Last week in the 2-1, come-from-behind victory over the Red Foxes, Dry, who has allowed more than one goal only once this year, made six saves for the Orange and Blue. Then against the Dukes, she picked up her third shutout of the season and fifth win as she turned aside five Duquesne shots.
Junior Franny Iacuzzi heads up the Colgate offense with nine points on four goals and one assist over 10 games this season, while Jillian Arnault follows with three goals and three assists for nine points in nine contests.
Brittany Pearsall and Carly Sousa have split time in net for the Raiders, both garnering five starts this year. Pearsall is 4-3-1 with three shutouts. She has a 0.64 goals against average and has logged 20 saves for a .870 save percentage. Sousa is 4-3-1, as well, with a 1.50 goals against average, a .704 save percentage, 19 saves and one shutout.
Bucknell begins its four-match road trip with its next contest on Tuesday, Oct. 3, when the squad will travel Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell at 7 p.m.