October 10, 2011

Berry Defeats Colby-Sawyer 4-1 Monday

Pianka Scores Early, Lady Vikings Add Three Second-Half Goals in Victory

Joy Pianka scored on Berry's first shot of the afternoon and the Lady Vikings tacked on three second-half goals as Berry defeated Colby-Sawyer 4-1 in a women's soccer match in New London, N.H., Monday afternoon. 

Pianka's goal came just 1:21 into the contest, after she took control of the ball from the Colby-Sawyer defense and fired it past CSC goalkeeper Shalyn Spencer.

The 1-0 score would hold through the remainder of the first half.  But just under eight minutes into the second half, the Lady Vikings would be whistled for a hand ball in the box and Colby-Sawyer's Lauren Bernard converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the score 1-1.

Approximately seven minutes later, Berry's Katie O'Brien made the score 2-1 on a set play off a corner kick.  Pianka received the corner kick and found a breaking O'Brien, who put the ball away.

The Vikings (6-2-1) would add two more goals in the final 30 minutes of play, the first from Leah Hatheway off of an assist from Sheena MacGowan inthe 69th minute and the final score by Kim Fischer off an assist from Molly Johnson in the 85th minute.

Hatheway's goal allowed her to continue a point-scoring streak in which she has delivered either a goal or an assist in eight consecutive matches.  The only match in which she didn't record a point came in Berry's opener, a 1-0 loss to UC Santa Cruz on Sept. 3.

Pianka, meanwhile, has also established herself as a scoring threat since returning to the field after missing the first two matches of the season due to injury.  The freshman midfielder five goals and three assists in the seven matches in which she has played.

Berry returns to action Tuesday, when it plays at Curry at 4 p.m.

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