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Juniata women\'s soccer overwhelms Mount Aloysius

(Posted October 25, 2007)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Seven different Juniata College players scored, including two who logged their first collegiate goals, to lead the Eagles to a 12-0 win over Mount Aloysius College, in women\'s soccer action Thursday afternoon at Winton Hill Field in Huntingdon, Pa. Caitlin Bigelow (La Mesa, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) got Juniata on the scoreboard just 25 seconds into the game, with what proved to be the game-winner. Bigelow would score two more times in the second half, on her way to recording her first collegiate hat trick. Sarah Ruggiero (Bangor, Pa./Bangor) scored on a penalty kick late in the fourth minute of the game, and Laura Goodlander (Etters, Pa./Red Land) expanded the Eagle lead to 3-0 with a goal in the seventh minute. \"We had worked all week long on attacking the endline and cutting the ball back, and that worked well for us today,\" said Juniata head coach Scott McKenzie. \"We are going to have chances like that in the future, and today\'s performance should help us with our remaining games.\" Juniata (8-4-3, 1-2-2 Landmark) built its lead to 5-0 by the halftime break, following a pair of goals by Erin Eddinger (Barto, Pa./Boyertown). The second half provided even more offense for the Eagles, who tallied seven goals - including four in the first 15 minutes of the frame by Bigelow (two goals), Goodlander, and Shannon Pierce (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown). Lauren Brant (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) and Kaitlyn Fagan (Everson, Pa./Geibel Catholic) closed out the Juniata scoring with their first collegiate goals, in the 72nd and 90 minutes respectively. All three Juniata keepers saw action, with Lisa Russo (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland) getting the start and getting credit for the win. Lauren Auster-Gussman (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) and Kristen Penska (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) saw action in the second half; none of the three keepers recorded a save in the Juniata goal. Mount Aloysius keeper Jess Petrella made 10 saves in 90 minutes of action. Juniata outshot the Mounties 44-0, and had a 10-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities. The Eagles close out their regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27, when they host Goucher College in a must-win Landmark Conference match on Winton Hill Field in Huntingdon. Game time is 1:00 p.m. A Juniata win, coupled with a Drew University loss in its game against Moravian, would allow the Eagles to secure a berth in the inaugural Landmark Conference Women\'s Soccer Tournament. -30-

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