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2010 Season in Review

Scoring Duo, SRs Shine as Team Narrowly Misses Tourney
Katz, Panepinto Named 1st Team All-Skyline

Purchase, NY (Nov. 5, 2010) – The Purchase College women’s soccer team needed to win all three of their final conference games to advance to the Skyline Conference Tournament.

The Panthers came up just short, winning two out of their last three, narrowly missing the postseason a year after clinching both a tournament and ECAC berth. 

Purchase finished 7-8-1 overall and 4-6 in league play.

But all was not lost. Abigail Katz broke the single-season scoring record, netting 22 goals to surpass former standouts Albana Krasniqi and Susan Bigler, and the Panthers said goodbye to arguably the greatest senior class in the program’s brief history.

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[Pictured above: STANDOUT ASHLEY PANEPINTO GARNERED ALL-SKYLINE 1ST TEAM HONORS IN 2009. -Photo by Oren Vourman] 

All in all, it was a successful fall campaign for the soccer team that came one win shy of another playoff berth.

New head coach Matt Weston and his assistant, Charlie Roberts, did a nice job mixing and matching some of their recruits with the team’s veteran leadership. Co-captains Jessica DiFoggio and Stephanie Janasiewicz anchored the “Magnificent 7” – the seven graduating seniors, which also included standout midfielders Veronica Slattery, Marisa Corson and Carly Turow as well as defenders Kelsey Cyr and Hannah Green. 

When Janasiewicz went down with a season-ending injury, freshman goalkeeper Kristen Racaniello stepped up and played well between the pipes. Weston had hoped Janasiewicz would play in the field and Racaniello would stay in goal for the season. The latter went down as planned, but Janasiewicz was surely missed in the field for the Panthers.

DiFoggio had an All-Skyline caliber season, and epitomized the title of captain in Janasiewicz’ absence on the field. Like DiFoggio, Slattery was another unsung hero in the field, providing strong leadership and a tremendous talent for passing the ball. She finished second on the team in assists (5).  

Ashley Panepinto resumed her dominance in the midfield, teaming with Katz to form one of the most dynamic duos in the league. Panepinto finished second on the team in goals (10). At season's end, the duo was named to the All-Skyline 1st Team for the second straight season.

Three-sport athlete Alyse LaPadula also played well, showcasing her athleticism as the starting center back in her first season of collegiate soccer.  

Although the Panthers graduated their super senior class, Weston and company look forward to next fall’s recruiting class and the return of standouts Katz and Panepinto.

-Mike Zacchio and Bobby Ciafardini, SID

2010 Recaps:
Katz' Record Night Delivers Season Finale Win
Panthers Fall Out of Playoff Contention at OW
Duo Teams for Nine Goals to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
Seniors Shine on Senior Day
MSMC Edges Panthers
Marszalek's Two Goals Pushes Sage Past Panthers
Panthers Erupt at Yeshiva
Bean, Hannigan Help Bard Top Purchase
Powerhouse Rams Cruise Past Purchase
Panthers Even Skyline Record
SJC-LI Blanks Panthers
Panthers, Medgar End in Stalemate
CSI Stings Panthers
Katz Takes it to City
Panthers Shutout at NYU
Panthers Deliver Shutout in Opener

2010-11 News:
Butler Named New Women's Soccer Head Coach
Katz Named to Jewish Sports Review All-America Team
Star Duo Repeats as 1st Team All-Skyline
Katz' Record 22 Goals Nets HR Mention
Katz Rolls to Third Honor Roll
Panepinto's Six-Point Performance Gets Attention
Slattery's Midfield Play Garners Honor Roll Mention
Katz Back on Honor Roll
Rookie Goalie Named to Honor Roll
Katz Grabs HR Mention
Corson Named to League Honor Roll 


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