NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Kayla Sharp scored her first collegiate goal in the second minute, Ashlyn Wetzel scored her first goal of the season in the 41st minute and Megan Piontkowsky scored her second goal of the season in the 67th minute to power Albion College to a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's College in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's soccer kickoff for both teams Tuesday night.
Sharp and Clare Kelley shared the ball on a give-and-go and Sharp scored on a shot from 12 yards out as Albion never trailed in the match.
Wetzel converted a penalty kick and Piontkowsky got her head on Kelley's free kick.
Becca Stella scored the Saint Mary's goal in the 82nd minute.
Albion finished with a 21-11 edge in shots and a 10-6 edge in shots on goal. Kelley placed two of her six shots on goal. Rayna Edwards and Sharp also took two shots on goal.
First-year goalkeeper Haley Demers collected four of Albion's five saves.
Albion (4-3-1 overall, 1-0 MIAA) returns home for a 5 p.m. Saturday match against Trine University.
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Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.
The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email email@example.com.