Dons Honor Seniors with 4-0 Win Over Bakersfield

by Amanda Rhoades

This Sunday November 6, 2011 the Dons women’s soccer team finished up their season at Negoesco Stadium dominating Cal State Bakersfield 4-0 on Senior Day. Before the match, the USF athletic department honored the careers of seniors Joan Piasta, Meritt Peterson and Keonna Robinson with a family procession onto the field. The win capped a season in which the Dons finished 6-14-0 with an incredibly hard WCC schedule. This Sunday’s game showed exactly what the Dons have worked for all season as the score could have easily been 6 or 7 to 0.

The Dons started the game with good momentum, so much so that they scored only 17 minutes into the first half. Freshman forward Mackenzie Krieser trapped a blooping pass over the defense from attacking midfielder Christina Moberg and used her exceptional speed to beat the goalie to the ball. She went on to accurately chip the ball over the goalie’s head. The combination of Moberg and Krieser has been deadly to opponents all season long as both Dons lead the team with 5 goals apiece.

Less than five minutes later senior Joan Piasta put the Dons up 2-0 with a penalty shot. The penalty came after senior Keonna Robinson was viciously taken down in the box.

Coming out of the halftime intermission the Dons continued their dominance, keeping heavy pressure on the Bakersfield defense. Ten minutes into the half Keonna Robinson was once again fouled hard on the right flank about 30 yards from goal. Sophomore defender Tyler Campagna stepped up to take the kick and sent a driven ball into the middle of the box. gave the Dons a 3-0 lead with a header in the box off of a great ball sent by Tyler Campagna. Freshman midfielder Jaciara Mello used her height to beat her defender and smash a header goal into the back of the net.

Throughout the match the Dons possessed the ball well with lots of one and two touch passing in the midfield. The Dons also kept the ball on their offensive end the majority of the time, firing 13 shots in the second half alone. Christina Moberg had multiple chances to score one on one with the keeper but couldn’t convert. With about seven minutes left in the match Piasta scored her second goal of the game off of an assist from Moberg. It was an outstanding performance for the senior’s last game and gave Christina Moberg the most points for a Don in a single season (13) since 2005.

It was not only the last game of the season but the last collegiate game for seniors Joan Piasta, Meritt Peterson, and Keonna “Kiki” Robinson. Coach of the girls team Mark Carr said of his seniors, “They’re three great girls and their going to make an impact in whatever they do”.

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