NEW YORK, NY – Pratt Institute women's soccer erupted for three first half goals and downed the Gators of Pine Manor College, 4-1, at Randall's Island on Saturday afternoon.
The Cannoneers got on the scoreboard quickly, as Jen Klockner's pass found a streaking Erin Lutz and the sophomore's strike from 20 yards out found the back of the net in the 13th minute. Pratt would double their score six minutes later, as Katherine Shan tapped home a Caitlyn Fortune cross. In the 34th minute, Fortune would score her first collegiate goal, a right footed shot into the upper 90 off a cross from Shan. Pine Manor would cut into Pratt's lead just before half following a Cassie Cavender goal.
As the second half began, Shan widened Pratt's lead, showcasing some impressive dribbling skills before beating the goalkeeper 1-on-1, increasing the Cannoneers' lead to 4-1. With the benefit of a comfortable goal advantage, Pratt used the second half to allow some of their reserves to gain game experience through quality minutes – most notably Carly Klein, who recorded five saves in as many attempts in her goalie debut. The Gators pressed harder in the second, but the back line of Brittany Lovegrove, Marianne Oliveri, Taylor Chin, and Katie Medina once again displayed their growth as a unit.
Following the victory in their first ever home contest, head coach Jonas Worth praised his team's improved form and depth.
"It's great to see when you have players like Caitlyn Fortune and Carly Klein come in and contribute a lot of minutes. It shows the depth we have as a team," noted Worth. "We're still not where we need to be in terms of our full match form, but it's starting to come through."
Women's Soccer is back in action Wednesday September 27 at Nichols College.