One-Two Scoring Punch of Laura Kurash '13, Named NESCAC POW, and Kerry Doyle '14 Powers Cards Past Colby, 4-2, and RWU, 2-1
Leading scorer Laura Kurash '13 (#8, left in photo) netted a pair of second-half goals to complete a Wesleyan comeback effort as the Cardinals extended their unbeaten string vs. Colby in women's soccer to seven games (5-0-2) behind a 4-2 victory at home Sun., Oct. 2. Kurash also had an assist on Wesleyan's tying goal by Kerry Doyle '14 (#7, right in photo) in the 20th minute to give her a five-point game. With seven goals and two assists for 16 points through eight games, Kurash was honored by the NESCAC as co-Player of the Week. In the team's next game at home vs. Roger WilliamsWed., Oct. 5, Kurash scored both Cardinal tallies in a 2-1 triumph.
Against Colby, Kurash finished off a corner kick started by Doyle from the right side in the 73rd minute to put Wesleyan up for good, 3-2. Doyle's boot to the front of the net found Cardinal Maddy Chabot '15, who pushed the ball to her right to a waiting Kurash for a shot from close range. In the 84th minute, Kurash stripped a Colby defender of the ball midway in Colby territory and went in alone on the Mule keeper, who came out to cut down the angle, but Kurash made a move to the left to elude the fallen netminder and hit a left-footed shot into the open net.
Colby had taken a 2-0 lead before the game was eight minutes old. The goals were very similar in nature Colby took the ball deep on the right and sent a center pass to the front of the Wesleyan net. On the first goal, it was redirected straight into into the net for a 1-0 Colby edge n the fourth minute. In the eighth minute, a similar pass went a bit more to the left and hit another Mule before going back to the right for another close range goal.
Wesleyan responded in the 11th minute as Hannah Stone '15 scored her first career goal from midway in the box on the left side after a Mikaela Curtin's '13 free kick from the right went to Claire Ashforth '15 initiallly, then to Stone. Doyle then tied the count in the 20th minute, receiving a through pass from Kurash and going in alone on the goalie. The keeper went down and got a piece of the Doyle shot but not enough to stay its course as it bounded straight into the net to make it a 2-2 game. It was Doyle's third goal of the season.
In the Cardinal net, Jess Tollman recorded eight saves.
Colby still has a slim 6-5-4 overall lead in the series vs. Wesleyan as the Mules were undefeated (6-0-2) over the first eight meetings of the squads before Wesleyan turned the fortunes around in 2005.
In defeating Roger Williams, Kurash scored the game-winner in the 86th minute to increase her team-leading goal total to nine. Amy Toig '14 sent a ball from the right side of the box that the Roger Williams keeper got both of her hands on, but the rebound went to Kurash in front, who put it home with 4:50 remaining in the game.
After Roger Williams had taken a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, Kurash evened the count by converting a penalty kick in the 26th minute following a foul in the box by the Hawks.
Cardinal goalies Tollman and Clare Colton '12 split time with Colton making two saves in the first half and Tollman making one in the second half while earning the win.
Wesleyan plays its next game Sat., Oct. 8 against Bates in a NESCAC home game. LiveStats will be available and can be viewed by clicking < here >.