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College Soccer:
Giannone Lifts Lady Raptors to Overtime Win at Paterson

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Junior forward Jacci Giannone (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) scored her second goal with 7:32 remaining in the second overtime period as the Rutgers University-Camden women's soccer team outlasted William Paterson University, 3-2, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Wednesday night.

Giannone, who also assisted on a goal by senior forward Heather Greenwald (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford), knocked in the winning goal off a loose ball at the right post 2:28 into the final 10-minute overtime period. The goal, her ninth of the season, helped the Lady Raptors post their fourth straight win and raise their record to 11-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the NJAC. Paterson falls to 4-6-2 and 0-4-1.

The victory gave head coach Brian Sheehan his 50th win at Rutgers-Camden. Sheehan, in his fifth year with the Lady Raptors, now owns a 50-27-9 mark at the school. Coupled with two years coaching at Gloucester County College, he is 59-47-10 in his overall collegiate coaching career.

Lady Raptors goalie Tracy Stonaker (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) made seven saves to raise her record to 9-2-1, tying the single-season Rutgers-Camden goalie victory record set last season by Tracy Winter.

Rutgers-Camden took an early lead by scoring twice in a 1:11 span. Giannone scored her first goal at the 26:17 mark on an assist from freshman Lauren Houck (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East). Giannone then fed Heather Greenwald for the second score, Greenwald's NJAC-leading 16th of the season.

William Paterson trailed 2-0 before sophomore Lea Mullady's (Staten Island, NY/Notre Dame) scored off a free kick to cut the deficit in half at 33:49. Fellow sophomore Melissa Boka (Hamilton Township, NJ/Steinert) forged a 2-2 tie when she converted abreakaway off a feed from senior Erin Guidera (Union, NJ/Union) at 54:03.

William Paterson held a 15-14 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks, but Giannone’s goal ended the game in the 103rd minute.

Paterson freshman Erin Bollendorf (Blackwood, NJ/Washington Township) made six saves in goal.

Rutgers-Camden returns to action Saturday with another NJAC game. The Lady Raptors will play at Kean University at 7 p.m.

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