Purchase, NY (Nov. 5, 2010) – The Purchase College women’s soccer team needed to win all three of their final conference games to advance to the Skyline Conference Tournament.
The Panthers came up just short, winning two out of their last three, narrowly missing the postseason a year after clinching both a tournament and ECAC berth.
Purchase finished 7-8-1 overall and 4-6 in league play.
But all was not lost. Abigail Katz broke the single-season scoring record, netting 22 goals to surpass former standouts Albana Krasniqi and Susan Bigler, and the Panthers said goodbye to arguably the greatest senior class in the program’s brief history.
[Pictured above: STANDOUT ASHLEY PANEPINTO GARNERED ALL-SKYLINE 1ST TEAM HONORS IN 2009. -Photo by Oren Vourman]
All in all, it was a successful fall campaign for the soccer team that came one win shy of another playoff berth.
New head coach Matt Weston and his assistant, Charlie Roberts, did a nice job mixing and matching some of their recruits with the team’s veteran leadership. Co-captains Jessica DiFoggio and Stephanie Janasiewicz anchored the “Magnificent 7” – the seven graduating seniors, which also included standout midfielders Veronica Slattery, Marisa Corson and Carly Turow as well as defenders Kelsey Cyr and Hannah Green.
When Janasiewicz went down with a season-ending injury, freshman goalkeeper Kristen Racaniello stepped up and played well between the pipes. Weston had hoped Janasiewicz would play in the field and Racaniello would stay in goal for the season. The latter went down as planned, but Janasiewicz was surely missed in the field for the Panthers.
DiFoggio had an All-Skyline caliber season, and epitomized the title of captain in Janasiewicz’ absence on the field. Like DiFoggio, Slattery was another unsung hero in the field, providing strong leadership and a tremendous talent for passing the ball. She finished second on the team in assists (5).
Ashley Panepinto resumed her dominance in the midfield, teaming with Katz to form one of the most dynamic duos in the league. Panepinto finished second on the team in goals (10). At season's end, the duo was named to the All-Skyline 1st Team for the second straight season.
Three-sport athlete Alyse LaPadula also played well, showcasing her athleticism as the starting center back in her first season of collegiate soccer.
Although the Panthers graduated their super senior class, Weston and company look forward to next fall’s recruiting class and the return of standouts Katz and Panepinto.
-Mike Zacchio and Bobby Ciafardini, SID