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Deselets Named All-Region

All-region selection Nichole Deselets

Nichole Deselets (Cherry Valley/Cherry Valley H.S.) has been named to the NJCAA Region III Women’s Soccer All-Region team. The freshman defender was voted to the second team by coaches from the 17 teams in the region.

Deselets started 15 games this season, helping the Panthers make a return trip to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. She was one of the top defenders in the region, leading a defense that allowed just 20 goals in those 15 games.

This marks the 12th time in 13 years that Tompkins Cortland has been represented on the women’s soccer all-region team.

Deselets, Martone, Guilianti, and Rice Named All-MSAC

All-MSAC selections Nicole Deselets, Angela Martone, Serina Guilianti, Robert Rice

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Robert Rice has been voted the Mid-State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. Three Panthers joined Rice on the all-conference team: freshmen Serina Guilianti (Harrison/Harrison H.S.) and Nicole Deselets (Cherry Valley/Cherry Valley H.S.) and sophomore Angela Martone (Candor/Candor H.S.). A total of 20 player were named to the team, with conference champion Corning Community College leading the way with five selections.

Guilianti was Tompkins Cortland’s third leading scorer with 10 points on five goals. Three of her goals, including her lone game-winner, came in the 3-2 overtime win over Jamestown.

Deselets was one of the top defenders in the conference. She anchored a defense that allowed just 20 goals in 16 games this season. In thirteen games the opposition scored two or else, including six shutouts.

Martone was a force in the midfield, controlling play and facilitating offensive chances for the Panthers. Her work may not have translated into big statistics – she scored two goals this season – but it set the tone for each game.

This marks the second MSAC Coach of the Year award for Rice in the last three seasons. In six years as head coach, he has posted a record of 51-40 while leading the Panthers to the postseason five times. This year’s team went 10-6, the third time Rice has led a team to double-digit wins.

Panthers Upset in Opening Round of Playoffs

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tompkins Cortland Community College

The return trip to the NJCAA playoffs for the Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s soccer team was a short one. The Panthers fell victim to a first–round upset Tuesday, losing at home to Mohawk Valley Community College 2-1. The season ends with a record of 10-6 for the #7 seed while #10 Mohawk Valley advances to the next round of the playoffs with a record 8-8-1.

Things started well for the Panthers, with the home team getting on the board first. In just the seventh minute of the game, Emily Potter (Candor H.S./Candor) played a beautiful free kick into the box for her former high-school teammate, Angela Martone (Candor H.S./Candor). Martone rose above the crowd in front of the goal, heading the ball into the net for an early 1-0 lead. Both teams had chances the rest of the half, but neither could change the score heading into the break.

The second half found Tompkins Cortland just a little off its game, and the Hawks took advantage. Mohawk Valley evened the score with 18:30 left on the clock, and then took the lead with a second goal just 1:36 later. The lead would hold, as despite putting pressure on late, the Panthers were unable to score the rest of the way.

Katie Slocum (Candor H.S./Candor) posted seven saves in goal for the Panthers.


No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown

Statistics–Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer

2017 Season

Overall (10-6)
MSAC (3-3), Region III (9-6)


Previous Seasons






2011 and previous years


Team Records

Most Wins (Season)

15 (2005)
14 (2007)
13 (2011)

Most Consecutive Wins (Season)

11 (2005)
11 (2011)
7 (2007)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.833 (2005)
.778 (2007)
.722 (2011)

Most Goals (Game)

11 (vs. Jamestown CC, 9/20/98)
9 (at Niagara County CC, 10/11/03)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 10/16/13)
8 (at Corning CC, 10/9/13)
8 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 9/25/13)
8 (vs. Erie CC, 9/21/13)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 9/8/07)
8 (at Cayuga CC, 9/14/02)
8 (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 9/17/98)

Most Goals (Season)

59 (2013)
52 (1998)
48 (2005)

Best Goals Per Game Average (Season)

3.7 (2013)
3.5 (1998)
3.0 (2005)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

11 (vs. Jamestown CC, 9/20/98)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 10/16/13)
8 (at Corning CC, 10/9/13)
8 (vs. Jamestown CC-Cattaraugus, 9/25/13)
8 (vs. Erie CC, 9/21/13)
8 (vs. Cayuga CC, 9/8/07)
8 (at Niagara County CC, 10/11/03)
8 (at Cayuga CC, 9/14/02)
8 (vs. SUNY Morrisville, 9/17/98)

Most Assists (Game)

10 (vs. Columbia-Greene CC, 9/24/06)
10 (at Finger Lakes CC, 9/20/06)
7 (vs. Jefferson CC, 10/15/06)
7 (at Niagara County CC, 10/11/03)

Most Assists (Season)

51 (2006)
50 (1998)
43 (2005)

Fewest Goals Allowed (Season)

15 (2007)
15 (2011)
18 (1998)

Fewest Goals Allowed Per Game (Season)

0.83 (2007)
0.83 (2011)
1.00 (2015)


Most All-MSAC Players

6 (2010)
5 (2005)
5 (2007)
5 (1998)

Most All-Region Players

4 (2007)
4 (2005)
4 (2011)
4 (2015)

Individual Records - Player

Most Points (Game)

10 Stephanie Hodgson (5g, 9/20/98)
8 Courtney Henry (4g, 9/23/09)
8 Courtney Henry (3g, 2a, 9/18/09)
8 Laura Thomas (4g, 10/20/02)

Most Points (Season)

55 Danielle Hiza (2007)
46 Heather Kowalczyk (2005)
45 Marie Valentino (2003)

Most Points (Career)

84 Danielle Hiza (2007-08)
74 Heather Kowalczyk (2005-06)
57 Kendra Wagstaff (2010-11)

Most Goals (Game)

5 Stephanie Hodgson (1998)
4 Laura Thomas (2002)
4 Courtney Henry (9/23/09)

Most Goals (Season)

25 Danielle Hiza (2007)
19 Marie Valentino (2003)
19 Heather Kowalczyk (2005)

Most Goals (Career)

36 Danielle Hiza (2007-08)
27 Heather Kowalczyk (2005-06)
25 Kendra Wagstaff (2010-11)

Most Assists (Game)

4 Chenoa Shields (9/20/98)
3 Kim Natoli (10/7/07)
3 Heather Kowalczyk (9/20/06)
3 Jaclyn Rasmussenn (9/26/98)
3 Chenoa Shields (9/17/98)

Most Assists (Season)

15 Chenoa Shields (1998)
12 Jaclyn Rasmussenn (1998)
12 Heather Kowalczyk (2006)

Most Assists (Career)

20 Heather Kowalczyk (2005-06)
17 Caitlin Smith (2005-06)
16 Ashley Finton (2005-06)

Individual Records - Goalkeeper

Best Goals Against Average (Season)

0.6 Danielle Salisbury (2005)
0.7 Andi Mowry (2007)
0.83 Samijo Scheer (2011)

Best Goals Against Average (Career)

0.93 Samijo Scheer (2010-11)
1.12 Molly Graves (2015-16)
1.6 Casey Ebeling (2006-07)

Most Shutouts (Season)

8 Samijo Scheer (2011)
8 Danielle Salisbury (2005)
7 Emma Augustine (2014)

Most Shutouts (Career)

14 Samijo Scheer (2010-11)
11 Casey Ebeling (2006-07)
8 Danielle Salisbury (2005)
8 Molly Graves (2015-16)

Team Playoff Records

Most Goals (Playoff Game)

5 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)
3 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
3 (vs. North Country CC, 10/19/13)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

3 (vs. North Country CC, 10/19/13)
2 (vs. Erie CC, 10/18/08)
2 (at Jefferson CC, 10/21/08)
2 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
2 (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)
2 (at Genesee CC, 10/27/15)

Individual Playoff Records

Most Points (Playoff Game)

4, Angela Halliday (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
4, Devin Blanchard (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)
3, Erika Faberzak (vs. North Country CC, 10/19/13)
3, Shaylee Howaniec (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
3, Jaclyn Sutton (vs. Broome CC, 10/25/05)
3, Emma DeLisio (at Genesee CC, 10/27/15)

Most Goals (Playoff Game)

2, Angela Halliday (vs. Clinton CC, 10/21/11)
2, Devin Blanchard (vs. Clinton CC, 10/24/15)

Most Assists (Playoff Game)

1, Several times (-)


Total All-Region Players

Total All-MSAC Players

Miscellaneous Honors
NSCAA/adidas North Region Coach of the Year (2007)
Region III Coach of the Year (2005)
MSAC Coach of the Year (2005, 2014)
MSAC Champions (2005, 2010-co, 2015-co)
MSAC Player of the Year (2005)

Total NJCAA All-American Players


Coaches–Women's Soccer

Robert Rice

Head Coach

Robert Rice Coach Rice has led the Panthers for five season, and directed the team to the best season in program history in 2015. Tompkins Cortland advanced to the Region III championship game last year, continuing the steady climb for the program since Rice took over. He took over as head coach for the 2012 season after serving as the women's assistant for two years and men's assistant for four years. During his time with the Tompkins Cortland soccer programs, the Panthers have made the NJCAA playoffs four times, including reaching the Region III semifinals in both 2013 and 2014. He has been on the sidelines for over 100 wins for the Panthers, including 43 during his five years time as head coach.

In addition to coaching soccer, Coach Rice was the assistant coach on the College's softball team in 2011, helping the Panthers to a regional title and a third-place finish at the national tournament. He also served as Tompkins Cortland's head women's basketball coach from 2006-2008.

Coach Rice played soccer at Herkimer County Community College before receiving his bachelor's degree from Cortland State.

Contact:, 607-844-8222, Ext.4496

Emerson Caiza

Assistant Coach

Coach Caiza joined the Panthers staff for 2016, but his history at the College goes back much farther. He played for Tompkins Cortland in 2006 and 2007, earning all-conference honors both seasons and all-region honors in 2007 when the team won the MSAC and made it to the Region III semifinals. After graduating from Tompkins Cortland he went to Cortland State, where he continued his on-field success, helping the red Dragons to a SUNYAC title his first season on campus. A graduate of Ithaca High, Coach Caiza brings a calm demeanor and tremendous soccer insights to Coach Rice's staff.


Chris Thomas

Assistant Coach



Season Ends on Penalty Kicks

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team's season came to an end Tuesday when the Panthers came up just short in the second round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs, failing to advance when Jefferson Community College outscored the Panthers on penalty kicks, 4-3. The Panthers, the #5 seed in the regional tournament, ends the season with a record of 11-6-1 overall and 10-4-1 in Region III. Jefferson, the #4 seed, advances in the playoffs with a record of 9-4-2.
Playing in blustery conditions, the home team took an early lead by scoring twice in the first half. The Panthers responded in the 60th minute with a goal by Rachel Reile (Northville H.S./Northville) to cut the lead to 2-1. Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) tied the game ten minutes later, with Sarah Lovetre (Onteora H.S./Shokan) and Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City) earning assists.
As they had for much of the game, the Panthers enjoyed the better of play in the overtime. For the day, TC3 outshot Jefferson 16-6, but neither team could score in the extra time, sending the game to penalty kicks. In the shootout the home team converted four of five attempts, topping TC3 by a single goal and advancing the Cannoneers to the next round of the playoffs.

Panthers Advance in Playoffs

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs with a 1-0 win over Erie Community College Saturday. The Panthers, the #5 seed in the regional tournament, is now 11-6 overall and 10-4 in Region III. Erie, the #12 seed, ends the year with an overall record of 6-8 and 6-6 in region.
The first goal came in 28th minute. Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) started the play with a flick to Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru), streaking down the right, who played a pretty cross to Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City) for a header. The Panthers had several more opportunities, but despite outshooting Erie 21-1, the home team failed to score again.
TC3 now travels to Watertown Tuesday to take on #4 seed Jefferson Community College.

Panthers Top Herkimer 4-3

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 4-3 win over Herkimer County Community College Tuesday. The Panthers end the regular season 10-6 overall and 9-4 in Region III. Herkimer, ranked fifth in the latest Region III Coaches Poll, is now 8-6-2 overall and 6-5-2 in Region III.
The Panthers took the lead on an own goal in the ninth minute before Herkimer tied it in the 8th minute on a score by Amber Swanston. The home team retook the lead for good in the 39th minute, when Jessica Lorence (Unadilla Valley H.S./South New Berlin) converted a pass from Emily Swisher (Cortland H.S./Cortland) to make it 2-1. Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City) gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead heading into the half when she scored off a cross from Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru).
Hiza made it 4-1 five minutes into the second half, scoring off an assist from Jessica Giovannini (Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls). The score held until the 61st minute, when Herkimer's Nicole DiNitto cut the lead to 4-2. Leah Guilmette brought the Generals to within one with a score in the 83rd minute, but the TC3 defense held to make the final 4-3.
TC3 now awaits word on an invitation to the NJCAA Region III playoffs. The seeding for the upcoming playoffs will be announced Wednesday.

Panthers Fall at Home

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Sunday as the Panthers lost at home to Jefferson Community College 2-0. The Panthers are now 9-6 overall, 8-4 in Region III, and 2-3 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson, ranked third in the latest Region III Coaches Poll, improves to 9-4-1 overall and 3-2 in MSAC.
The visitors got on the board first, with Blair Kiernan scoring in the eighth minute. Jefferson made it 2-0 in the 36th minute when Elysa Doldo found the net on a direct kick from 30 yards out.
The second half saw the home team enjoy the better of play. The Panthers outshot the visitors 6-0, but couldn't find the net. For the game, TC3 outshot Jefferson 12-5.
TC3 closes out the regular season Tuesday at home against Herkimer County Community College. Game time is 5 p.m.

Another Win for Panthers

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team earned a big win Wednesday, beating SUNY Delhi, the fifth-ranked team in the region, 2-1 on Delhi's home field. The Panthers are now 9-5 overall and 8-3 in Region III action. Delhi falls to 7-6 overall and 7-5 in region.
The home team opened the scoring with a goal in the 20th minute. The Panthers responded ten minutes later with a goal by Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City). Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) netted the game winner in the 38th minute. Both scores came off assists from Rachel Reile (Northville H.S./Northville).
For the game, TC3 outshot Delhi 18-12. Chynna Pitlock (Milford H.S./Milford) recorded eight saves for the win.
TC3 returns home Sunday to play Jefferson Community College at 2:15 p.m.

Panthers Blank Genesee

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team improved to 7-3 in regional play Sunday with a 3-0 win at Genesee Community College. The Panthers, winners of six of the last seven games, are now 8-5 overall to go with 7-3 in Region III action.
The game's first goal came from TC3's Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) in the 20th minute. The goal, off an assist from Rachel Reile (Northville H.S./Northville), was Bazzano's team-leading eighth of the year. Jessica Lorence (Unadilla Valley H.S./South New Berlin) made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, scoring from an assist by Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City).
The score remained 2-0 until the closing minutes, when Emily Swisher (Homer H.S./Cortland) scored her first collegiate goal, converting an assist from Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) to make the final 3-0.
Chynna Pitlock (Milford H.S./Milford) recorded three saves to earn the shutout.
TC3 plays at SUNY Delhi Wednesday.

Panthers Top Cayuga

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer got back on the winning track by beating Cayuga Community College Thursday, 5-2. TC3 is now 7-5 overall, 6-3 in Region III, and 2-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Cayuga falls to 2-9 overall, 2-8 in region, and 1-4 in the MSAC.
The Panthers controlled the game from the start, with Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) scoring from an assist by Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) just five minutes into the game. Bazzano made it 2-0 in the 12th minute, this time on an assist from Sarah Lovetre (Onteora H.S./Shokan), before the two reversed roles as Lovetre scored on a pass from Bazzano in the 25th minute.
The second half opened with Natoli scoring in the 50th minute before Rachel Reile (Northville H.S./Northville) made it 5-0 with a score in the 65th minute. Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City) picked up assists on both second half scores as the Panthers effectively ended the game early. Cayuga scored twice late in the game made the final 5-2.
TC3 travels to Genesee Community College Sunday.

Panthers' Win Streak Snapped

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team's four-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday as the Panthers fell to the top-ranked team in the country, Broome Community College, 4-0. TC3 is now 6-5 overall, 5-3 in Region III, and 1-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome improves to 12-0-1 overall, 10-0-1 in region, and 3-0 in the MSAC.
The game opened with even play on both sides before Broome started to control the ball late in the first half. The score was 0-0 heading into the break, despite Broome holding an 11-4 advantage in shots. In the second half, the visitors continued to pound the ball into the TC3 defense, with Tori Matt pushing through with the first goal seven minutes into the second half. Matt scored her second goal six minutes later before Mallorie Hartmann scored in the 74th minute to make it 3-0. The final score came in the 81st minute, with Holly Mazursky beating the TC3 keeper to make it 4-0.
TC3 looks to get back on track at Cayuga Community College Thursday.

Panthers defeat the Jayhawks of Jamestown

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Panthers defeated the Jayhawks of Jamestown 3 to 0 on Saturday to make it four straight Region III wins and five of the last six. Danielle Hiza (Johnson City) started the scoring just twelve minutes into the match off an assist from Liz Bazzano (Peru). Just three minutes later Bazzano was the recipient of a great ball from Sarah Lovetre (Onteora) to put the Panthers up 2-0. The final goal of the game came with just a minute left when Bazzano found Hiza to end the match.
In a match that saw all players get solid time, Chynna Pitlock (Milford) earned the shutout. The Panthers move to 6-2 in NJCAA Division III and 6-4 overall. TC3 hosts Broome CC in Dryden at 7 PM on Tuesday.
TC3 had 21 shots, JCC had 5 shots
TC3 had 3 corners, JCC had 3 corners
Chynna Pitlock (TC3) had 3 saves
Breanna Meleen (JCC) had 11 saves

Panthers Make it Three Straight

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team made it three wins in a row Wednesday with a 5-0 win over Hudson Valley Community College. The win avenges a defeat suffered by TC3 in the NJCAA Region III playoffs last year, when the Vikings upset the Panthers on the TC3 Turf. TC3 is now 5-4 overall and 4-2 in Region III. Hudson Valley falls to 4-4 overall and in region.
The scoring opened in the 29th minute. Sarah Lovetre (Onteora H.S./Shokan) played a nice ball from midfield, hitting a streaking Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru), who finished for the score. The second tally came in the 36th minute on another pretty play. It started with Kara-Beth Eaton (Cincinnatus H.S./Willet) taking a free kick from deep in the Panthers defensive end of the field. Eaton lofted a long ball to Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City), who beat the defense before scoring on a one-on-one with the keeper.
The game opened up in the second half, with the Panthers scoring just nine minutes into the half. A TC3 corner kick produced a loose ball in front of the goal, and Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) outhustled everyone to the ball, knocking home the score to make it 3-0. The fourth goal came seven minutes later, when Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) scored her first collegiate goal. Stephanie Paulsen (Ellenville H.S./Napanoch) matched the accomplishment in the 76th minute, converting a cross from Hiza to make it 5-0.
The Panthers came within moments of recording another shutout, but a goal by Hudson Valley's Kristyn Cuomo in the 88th minute put the visitors on the board.
TC3 plays at Jamestown Community College Saturday.

Panthers Dominate in Win

Friday, September 19, 2008

A dominating performance for the TC3 women's soccer team produced a 2-0 win against Corning Community College Friday. The win moves TC3 to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in Region III. Corning falls to 1-6-1 overall and in region.
The final score wasn't indicative of the home team's command of play. TC3 enjoyed a 37-0 advantage in shots and a 12-0 advantage in corner kicks, but managed to beat the Corning keeper just twice.
The first goal came in the 23rd minute. Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) started the scoring play with a free kick from just outside the box, sending a blast off the crossbar and into the box. Rachel Reile (Northville H.S./Northville) managed to push the ball off to Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City), who beat the keeper for the score.
The final goal came in the opening minutes of the second half. The Panthers again earned a free kick just outside the box, this time with Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) sliding the ball to an open Jessica Lorence (Unadilla Valley H.S./South New Berlin) for the score.
The entire TC3 team earned a part of the shutout. All three TC3 goalkeepers played and the defense limited the touches by the Panther keeper to just two for the entire game.
TC3 hosts Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday.

Shutout Win for TC3

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A goal early in the second half gave the TC3 women's soccer team a 1-0 win at Clinton Community College Sunday. With the win the Panthers improve to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Region III.
The Panthers controlled play most of the game. TC3 enjoyed a 16-3 advantage in shots, with the only shot that mattered coming in the 58th minute when Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) scored off an assist from Brittany Ripley (Marathon H.S./Marathon). TC3 keeper Chynna Pitlock (Milford H.S./Milford) registered two saves to post a shutout for her first collegiate win.
TC3 is off until Friday, when the Panthers host Corning Community College.

Double-OT Loss for Panthers

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Despite a promising start, the TC3 women's soccer lost 2-1 in double overtime Thursday at Finger Lakes Community College. The Panthers fall to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Region III. Finger Lakes is now 3-0 overall and in regional play.
The visiting Panthers got on the board early. Just four minutes into the contest, Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) converted a corner kick from Jessica Lorence (Unadilla Valley H.S./South New Berlin) to make it 1-0. The lead lasted until the 20 minute mark, when Renee smith evened the game for the home team. Despite chances that included TC3 hitting the post, neither team was able to break the tie in regulation.
After a scoreless ten-minute extra period, the game moved into a second overtime. Two minutes into the final period, Elle Disbrow collected a loose ball about 20 yards from the goal and lofted the game winner into the top of the net.
Goalkeeper Amber Denman (Charles O. Dickerson/Trumansburg) made seven saves in for the Panthers.
The Panthers look to get back on track Sunday at Clinton Community College.

Panthers Win as Hiza Sets Record

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A record-setting first-half goals and three second-half goals powered the TC3 women's soccer team to a 4-1 win over Alfred State College Tuesday. The win evens TC3's record at 1-1 in Region III play, and improves the Panthers to 2-3 overall. Alfred State, who had been second in the region in scoring entering the contest, falls to 2-1 on the season.
The first goal of the game in the closing minutes of the first half. With TC3 pressuring the goal, an Alfred State player was called for a hand ball in the box, giving the Panthers a penalty kick with 4:59 left in the half. Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City) stepped up and drilled the ball past the keeper to give the Panthers the lead heading into the break. The score also marked the 28h goal of Hiza's career, setting a new TC3 record. Hiza had entered the game tied with the mark set by Heather Kowalczyk over the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
The second half saw the visiting Pioneers tied the game in the 55th minute. Jessie Smith took a pass from Brittany Hannah and beat TC3 keeper Amber Denman (Charles O. Dickerson/Trumansburg) for the score. It would prove to be the only ball to get past Denman, who recorded three saves and became the winning keeper thanks to a spurt by the Panthers offense.
With just under 16 minutes to play, Rachel Reile (Northville N.Y./Northville) blasted a perfect shot from 40 yards out, floating the ball out of the reach of the keeper to make it 2-1. Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) made it 3-1 two minutes later with a series of nice moves to beat her defender and then the keeper. The capper came with 8:38 left in the game, when Brittany Ripley (Marathon H.S./Marathon) took a pass from Hiza in the box and scored to make it 4-1.
The Panthers hit the road for the first time this year, travelling to Finger Lakes Community College Thursday.

Panthers Fall to D-I

Saturday, September 06, 2008

After taking a lead into the half Saturday night, the TC3 women's soccer team couldn't hold on against Division I Bryant & Stratton College, dropping a 3-2 decision. TC3 falls to 1-3 overall on the season. It was the first game of the year for Bryant & Stratton.
The visitors opened the scoring just eight minutes into the game, when Shanelle Warrick beat the TC3 defense and finished a one-on-one chance against the TC3 keeper. The Panthers answered just three minutes later, when Katelyn Arnold (Bayport Blue Point H.S./Bayport) scored from 40 yards out, lifting a perfect shot over the keeper's head to even the score. TC3 took the lead in the 29th minute on a goal by Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland), and the margin stayed 2-1 into the half.
The lead lasted until the 57th minute when Bryant & Stratton's Daphnee Cadet tied the game, setting up the game-winner by Warrick with 14:47 left in the contest. The Panthers ended the game with its best chance of the second half, pressuring the Bryant & Stratton goal in the closing minutes.
Chynna Pitlock (Milford H.S./Milford) recorded eight saves in goal for the Panthers.
The Panthers close out the current five-game home stand Tuesday against Alfred State College. Game time is 7 p.m.

Panthers Fall to Nation's #7

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

In a matchup of nationally ranked teams, the TC3 women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Mohawk Valley Community College Wednesday in Dryden. TC3, ranked ninth in the NJCAA preseason poll, is now 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Region III. Mohawk Valley, ranked seventh in the nation, improves to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in regional play.
While neither team got many shots off early, the visitors controlled the action much of the first half. After keeping the ball in the TC3 defensive end most of the half, the Hawks put the game's first score on the board in the 31st minute when Kelly Adams ripped a shot from near the end line that TC3 keeper Chynna Pitlock (Milford H.S./Milford) got a hand on but couldn't stop. Just two minutes later, Amanda Dockstader collected a rebound and put it in the net for the second score.
The second half saw the Panthers increase the pressure. After getting just a single shot in the first half, the home team managed six in the second half. Unfortunately for the home team, none found the back of the net as TC3 dropped its second straight game.
The Panthers look to snap the current skid Saturday at 7 p.m. with a home contest against Division I Bryant & Stratton College.

Panthers Run Out of Time in Loss

Sunday, August 31, 2008

After overcoming a two-goal deficit in the first half, the TC3 women's soccer team ran out of time trying to come back from another two-goal deficit Sunday, losing 4-3 to Sussex County Community College in the finale of the NJCAA Northeast Cup. TC3 falls to 1-1 while Sussex, a Division I team from New Jersey, improves to 1-1.
The game started slowly for the Panthers, with Sussex scoring in the 15th minute and then again in the 19th minute to take a 2-0 lead. The lead held until the closing minutes of the half, when TC3's offense started clicking.
With 5:01 left in the half, Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was taken down in the box, earning a penalty kick. Danielle Hiza (Johnson City H.S./Johnson City) converted, making it 2-1. Moments later the score was tied when Rachel Reile (Northville H.S./Northville) delivered a blast from 35 yards out, beating the keeper in the upper corner to make it 2-2 heading into the half.
Any momentum the Panthers gained from the end of the first half was short lived, as Sussex came out and score in the second minute of play in the second half to regain the lead at 3-2. The visitors pushed the margin back to two with a tally with 25:44 left in the half, but the Panthers answered back just a minute later when Liz Bazzano (Peru H.S./Peru) converted a pass from Stephanie Paulsen (Ellenville H.S./Napanoch) to make it 4-3. Despite threatening several times over the final minutes, TC3 could never notch the game-tying score.
The loss snaps TC3's six game regular-season winning streak, dating back to October 2 of last year. The Panthers look to start a new streak when regional play opens Wednesday with a home contest with Mohawk Valley Community College at 7 p.m.

Panthers Open Season with Win

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The TC3 women's soccer team overcame a fluky goal in the first minute of play to post a 2-1 win over Holyoke Community College (Mass.) Saturday in the season opener for both games. Saturday's contest was part of the NJCAA Northeast Cup at TC3.
The day started on a strange note for the Panthers. Just seconds into the game, TC3 keeper Amber Denman (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) came out of the box to play a ball, but her clear attempt was intercepted and Holyoke's Lauren Willett got it past Denman, rolling into the net. TC3 came close to tying the game in the fifth minute, with Danielle Hiza (Johnson City HS/Johnson City) hitting the crossbar, but it took until the 28th minute before the Panthers evened the score.
After TC3 earned a direct kick from 40 yards out, Kim Natoli (Cortland H.S./Cortland) lofted a shot on goal. The Holyoke keeper made a play on the shot, but by the time she caught the ball, she was in the goal, making the score 1-1. Eight minutes later Natoli and Hiza teamed up for the game winner, with Natoli playing a long ball to Hiza, who beat the keeper for the score. Both teams had chances in the second half, but neither could change the score.
TC3 takes on Division I Sussex County Community College (N.J.) Sunday at 4:45 p.m. in the final game of the NJCAA Women's Northeast Cup.

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