WMU News

Freshman score all three goals in soccer win

Aug. 28, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan women's soccer team defeated Kalamazoo College 3-0 Sunday afternoon in exhibition action at the Ed Annen Sports Complex.

The Bronco win was the result of a strong showing by the WMU freshmen class. Four newcomers were penciled into the starting lineup by head coach Mike Haines. Sophomore forward Jen Leone started the day's scoring just 14 minutes into the match. Freshman Cheryl Fox carried the ball into the box and found Leone unmarked eight yards out. Leone took two touches and placed the ball calmly past Hornet keeper Emily Durham.

The rest of the half belonged to Kalamazoo, however, as the Hornets dominated play at both ends. WMU gave up several quality chances but maintained the 1-0 lead entering halftime.

Second half starter Megan Urbats lofted a shot from 25 yards out into the upper right corner of the net for the team's second score. The play came as a result of some hard work by sophomore Mary Gignac. The midfielder held possession with a Hornet defender on her back before dropping the ball to Urbats for the goal.

"I was very pleased with our effort in the second half," Haines said. "Our work rate improved and we did a better job of communicating and working together."

Wisconsin native and first-year Bronco player Brittanny Ivanic finished the afternoon's scoring with a goal late in the contest. Ivanic worked free in the box and snuck her shot just inside the far post.

The Broncos will open regular season play on Friday, Sept. 1 against Valparaiso. The match will take place at the WMU Soccer Complex and is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

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Media contact: Scott Kuykendall; 616 387-4138; scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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