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Juniata women\'s soccer drops 3-2 decision to Grove City in ECAC Tourney

(Posted November 7, 2007)

GROVE CITY, Pa. - A late Juniata College rally fell short of the mark as the Eagle women\'s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Grove City College, in ECAC Division III South Women\'s Soccer Championship quarterfinal action Wednesday afternoon in Grove City, Pa. Trailing 3-1 late in the second half, Juniata cut the deficit to one goal with Caitlin Bigelow\'s (La Mesa, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) score off a free kick in the 86th minute. Laura Goodlander (Etters, Pa./Red Land) was credited with the assist. The Eagles had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute, when Laurent Brant (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) deflected a ball past Grove City keeper Diana Pragel from right in front of the Wolverine goal. Grove City would respond with three straight goals to take a commanding lead in the contest. Bethany Peck\'s unassisted goal in the 28th minute tied the game at 1-1, and Stephanie Wild scored in the 40th minute to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead at the intermission. Grove City scored an insurance goal in the 83rd minute, before yielding Bigelow\'s goal just three minutes later. Juniata senior Lisa Russo (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland) started in the Eagle goal, making five saves and allowing all three goals while playing roughly 64 minutes. Lauren Auster-Gussman (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) played the remaining 26 minutes, and was credited with three saves. Wolverine keeper Pragel finished with six saves while playing all 90 minutes. Grove City outshot Juniata 14-13, with each team awarded two corner kicks. The Wolverines were also whistled twice for offsides. Juniata concludes its 2007 season with a 9-6-3 overall record. -30-

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