NEW YORK, NY – The Pratt Institute women's soccer team defeated The King's College (NY) Lions, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Randall's Island Park Soccer Field 70. Katherine Shan (Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto Senior) scored her first two collegiate goals in the victory.
"The most striking outcome of our first game was how intelligent the athletes played," said head coach Jonas Worth. "I demanded a certain maturity out of them prior to the game and they exceeded all expectations. Even though we lacked a bit of match fitness, I suspect our ability to execute a game plan will help us in future matches."
The victory comes in the first game for women's soccer since the program was brought back as an intercollegiate offering in the spring. With the loss, The King's College falls to 1-6.
Shan recorded her first goal in the 14th minute, pouncing on a loose ball and firing it past King's goalkeeper Rebekah Lambdin.
The Cannoneers one-goal lead held until the 33rd minute when Megan Lighty (Vienna, VA/Juan Diego Catholic) found the back of the net off a breakaway.
Shan increased Pratt's lead to 3 just five minutes later after weaving through the King's defense and Alexis Richbart (Lockport, NY/Barker) closed first-half scoring by deflecting a ball off a King's defender past Lambdin in the 45th minute.
The four-goal first half was more than enough for Pratt, because the Cannoneers offense controlled play throughout the game, firing 30 shots at three King's goalkeepers, and when King's did possess the ball, a smothering Cannoneers defense didn't allow the Lions to settle into an offensive rhythm. Pratt allowed just two shots on goal and Courtney Dreher (Troy, NY/Tamarac) and Morgan Holub (Raleigh, NC/Cardinal Gibbons) deftly nabbed both in posting a shutout.
Greta Kroessler (Providence, RI/Providence Country Day) scored the lone second-half goal, pushing a rebound past Ann Marie Carlson in the 56th minute to provide the game's final 5-0 margin.
Up Next: The Cannoneers return to the pitch to take on Berkeley College on Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m.