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Women\'s soccer secures post-season berth in Landmark tourney

(Posted October 27, 2007)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - The Juniata College women's soccer will boldly go where no Eagle women's soccer player has gone before - into the post-season - following Juniata's 7-0 thrashing of Goucher College, Saturday afternoon in Huntingdon, Pa. The Eagle victory, coupled with Moravian College's 2-0 win over Drew University earlier in the afternoon, allowed Juniata to secure the final vacant slot and the no. 4 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Women's Soccer Tournament. Juniata (9-4-3, 2-2-2 Landmark) will face no. 1 seed University of Scranton in a semifinal matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 7:00 p.m. in Scranton, Pa. Despite fielding only 10 players for the match, Goucher kept Juniata off the scoreboard until the 34th minute, when Elizabeth Van Blarcom (Columbia Cross Roads, Md./Troy) broke the deadlock with an unassisted goal. That was the first three goals Juniata would score late in the first half; Amanda Broadwell (Newfoundland, N.J./Morris Knolls) scored off an assist from Lauren Brant (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) in the 36th minute, and Erin Eddinger (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) expanded the lead to 3-0 before the intermission with Brant and Van Blarcom getting credited with assists. In the second half, freshman Caitlin Bigelow (La Mesa, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) added a goal and assisted on two others, while Broadwell tallied her second of the day in the 48th minute. Katie Young (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area) and Maura Collins (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West) added solo markers for the Eagles. Juniata keeper Lisa Russo (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland) played the first 85 minutes in goal, while backup Lauren Auster-Gussman (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Country Day finished out the contest; nearly was challenged during the day and forced to make a save. Goucher keeper Kellen Matthews recorded eight saves on the afternoon. Juniata outshot the Gophers 24-0, and had seven corner kick opportunities to Goucher's zero.

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