"Girls on Fire" Blow Out Cedar Crest, 5-0, in Opener

"Girls on Fire" Blow Out Cedar Crest, 5-0, in Opener

Drugan Gets Victory in First Game as Shorewomen's Coach 

ALLENTOWN, PA -- A Tweet sent this morning from the official Washington College women's soccer Twitter account included the hashtag "#girlsonfire" - a Hunger Games reference inspired by Friday's bus fire which wiped out the team's scheduled season opener at Randolph-Macon. The Shorewomen added another meaning to their new "Girls on Fire" moniker this afternoon by opening their 2012 campaign with a 5-0 win at Cedar Crest, their first five-goal performance in nearly four years.  

The victory also made a winner of head coach Kanute Drugan in his Washington College debut. Drugan spent the previous 15 years as head coach at Aurora University, where he compiled a won-loss record of 229-85-13. 

The Shorewomen encountered little resistance from the Falcons (0-2) in today's game, holding a 30-1 advantage in shots. Freshman forward/midfielder Bailey Howard (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) opened the scoring with her first collegiate goal at the 24:29 mark off an assist from sophomore midfielder/forward Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, MD/Maryvale Prep). It was Patinella's first career assist. She then scored her first collegiate goal off an assist from junior midfielder/forward Heather Smith (Glen Burnie, MD/Glen Burnie) at 42:59 to give Washington a 2-0 halftime lead.

The scoring continued early in the second half as Smith scored off a Patinella pass from the left to make it 3-0. Patinella added Washington's fourth goal at 64:57 when she scored on a rebounded shot off the foot of Howard. Howard was credited with her first collegiate assist on the play. Smith rounded out the scoring at 81:23 with a long goal. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Rebecca Potochney (Newark, DE/Newark), who did not see game action as a freshman, made her collegiate debut in the win for the Shorewomen by making one save in the shutout. Daniella Mendez made 19 saves in the loss for Cedar Crest.

Washington's last five-goal output was a 5-0 home win over Trinity (DC) on September 24th, 2008. Today's win also marked the first time the Shorewomen have won their season opener since a 5-3 win over Notre Dame (MD) on September 1st, 2005. 

On Friday, the Shorewomen had traveled less than 20 minutes from campus before the back of their chartered coach bus caught fire.  No one was hurt in the incident, though there was some damage to team and personal property. The team was scheduled to play at Randolph-Macon at 4:00 p.m. The game was postponed and may or may not be rescheduled. 

The Shorewomen return to action Tuesday with a 4:00 p.m. game at Neumann.