Colgan Powers Purchase Past St. Joe’s Brooklyn

By: Dylan Flynn

Rebecca Colgan carries the team to a 4-3 victory. (Photo by Stephanie Janasiewicz, courtesy of Purchase College Athletics)

The Purchase Women’s Soccer Team (5-3-0) defeated St. Joseph’s Brooklyn (6-5-0) 4-3 on Wednesday night. All four of the Panther’s goals were scored by sophomore Rebecca Colgan and a crucial last second stop by the defense secured the victory.

Purchase led 2-0 going into halftime after Colgan netted her first two goals of the night about a minute apart just before the end of the half.

“It’s the work of all the other players on the field,” said Colgan about how she is able to get such good looks at scoring. “Everyone else moves off the ball and it allows me to make a run towards the goal and get a high percentage chance.”

The sophomore is off to a scorching start with 15 goals in just 7 games.

The second half opened with a Brooklyn goal cutting the deficit to one. Colgan responded four minutes later scoring her third goal and putting Purchase back up two goals. Her fourth goal, coming with just six minutes left, seemingly putting the game out of reach.

A late surge by Brooklyn got them back into the game as they netted two goals in a span of three minutes to get the score to 4-3. With seven seconds left Brooklyn made one last push, but the Panther defense stood tall and denied the goal.

Both teams had a multitude of chances to score with many of them being sent high or wide. The best missed chance came when Brooklyn took a Purchase turnover and hit the top of the crossbar in the first half.

“We’ve played some of the hardest teams in the conference already and we’re 2-2 so we gotta keep our heads high,” said Colgan about the team’s start to their season. “We mesh really well as a team and work very hard; it’s definitely helping us be successful so far.”

The Panthers will be back in action Tuesday as they take on City College of New York at 7:00 p.m. at Purchase.

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