September 9, 2012

Garcia Nets Two Goals En Route to Bulldogs 5-0 Shutout Over Northern Iowa

Charleston, S.C. – Four different Bulldogs recorded goals, including career-first scores from freshmen Kimberly Maldonado and Jannel Johnson as The Citadel women's soccer team downed Northern Iowa 5-0 on Washington Light Infantry Field on Sunday. The win is the Bulldogs' first of the season, improving their record to 1-4-0.

Mariana Garcia continues to re-write the record books and her impressive 2012 campaign adding two more goals, giving her four on the season, and moving her into a tie for second all-time in Citadel history. The Bogota, Colombia, native is just seven shy of the record set by Kelly Pesterfield.

Garcia notched the game's first score in the 27th minute when she collected a pass from Johnson and lobbed a 25-yard shot over the head of the Northern Iowa goalkeeper, Erin Zaideman.

Just over two minutes later The Citadel would find the back of the net again as Jillian Meyer fired a rocket, off of a foul shot, from 40 yards out that deflected off the head of a Panther defender and past Zaideman.

Bulldog goalkeeper Sarah Katchen staved off a Panther surge at the end of the first half to keep the 2-0 shutout intact, as Northern Iowa fired six shots in the final 15 minutes of the first frame.

The Citadel attack proved to be too much in the second half. Garcia posted her second goal of the game in the 59th minute when Johnson pushed a perfect pass to Garcia resulting in a breakaway score to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. The assist was Johnson's second of the game and the first two of her career.

The final two scores of the game would come from newcomers Kimberly Maldonado and Johnson. Maldonado's goal was assisted by junior Ruth Leiva, who now has four for her career, moving her into sixth all-time in program history.

"Leiva had great composure with the ball and connected to the forwards well and Johnson's shots helped us with the win and led to her first career goal," said Meyer.

Vanessa Aponte led the Bulldogs with six shots as The Citadel outshot the Panthers 16-11. Aponte now has 150 career shots, leaving her just 15 shy of the school record. Garcia is currently in third all-time with 134.

"Today we stepped up and played hard with confidence and got the win," said Meyer. "It started in the back with the defense making tackles and being vocal and continued through the middle."

The Citadel will hit the road for two previously postponed games from the beginning of the season as they take on Winthrop on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and Charleston Southern on Sept. 17.

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