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Kobylik opens season for Falcons

Published: October 4, 2011
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Notre Dame women''s soccer team posted a hard-fought 1-0 road victory over Pitt-Johnstown Friday afternoon. The opening half ended with the score level, 0-0 despite Notre Dame (1-0-0), outshot the Pitt-Johnstown (0-1-0), 8-1. The Blue & White, finally broke a scoreless tie in the 63rd minute, when Lauren Kobylik scored an individual effort for her first goal of the season putting the Falcons up, 1-0 over the Lady Cat''s. "We''re happy to come away with a result in our first game of the season," stated coach Mike Shiels, "It wasn''t always pretty but we got control of the game midway through the first half and kept them under pressure. Unfortunately the goals just wouldn''t come." "In the second half we definitely played better and Lauren Kobylik scored a nice goal after a great individual run past three defenders," stated Shiels. That goal would hold up as the Blue & White forced Victoria Der Vanik into 10 saves on 22 shots. The Falcons net minder Kristy Kolschetzky would earn her first shutout of the season while only making 2 saves on 4 shots. Last season Kolschetzky ranked 24th in the nation in goals-against average (0.78) , while posting six shutouts in her rookie year. The Falcons remain on the road Saturday, Sept. 3, when they face the Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania at George P. Miller Stadium, with a 4 p.m. EST kickoff. NOTES FROM THE NEST... OPENING WIN: The Falcons moved to 1-0-0 on the season for the first time since 2008. Over the past five seasons the Blue & White are 3-2-0 in season openers.
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