Zambrano Named MVP as Diplomats Upend Eastern Mennonite 2-1 to Win Women's Soccer Tournament
LANCASTER, PA - Forward Amanda Zambrano (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) assisted Amy Cawley (Fr., Fleetwood, PA/Oley Valley) at the 54:16 mark for the game winning goal to earn Most Valuable Player honors and lead the Franklin & Marshall College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Eastern Mennonite University in the title game of the Gray, Patterson, Cody & Taylor Tournament at Baker Campus.
Following a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Marymount University in the opening round, Zambrano concluded the tournament with a goal and two assists to lead all scorers.
Historically, she now has 10 points (four goals and two assists) in the last three Gray, Patterson, Cody & Taylor tournament title games as she scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Goucher College in the 2004 game and added an assist in a 3-2 double overtime loss to Rutgers-Camden in the 2003 game.
In addition, the assist marked the 74th point (33 goals, eight assists) of Zambrano's collegiate career as she moved into a tie with Annemarie Merow '91 (25 goals, 24 assists) for ninth in career points at the College.
Franklin & Marshall opened the scoring at 20:07 as Shannon Summers (Fr., North Wales, PA/Hill School) took a long pass from Athena Manolakos (So., Wilmington, DE/Tatnall) and beat goalie Joy Shaiebly to her right side for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Royals tied the game 10 minutes later as Sarah Buller scored off an assist from Vanessa Rice for a 1-1 tie at halftime.
Neither team scored again until Zambrano and Cawley connected at 79:16 for the game winner on a break away. The goal marked the second connection in as many days between the two players as Cawley registered her first intercollegiate goal off a double-assist from midfielder Maureen Kennedy (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Sewickley) and Zambrano at the 63:32 mark of the squad's 2-0 victory over Marymount
Goalie Robyn Jones (Jr., Titusville, NJ/Pennington) made three saves on four shots for Franklin & Marshall, while Shaiebly notched six saves for EMU.
In the consolation game, Mary DaCunha finished a centering pass from Caitlin Mayo 1:15 into overtime as Roger Williams University defeated Marymount University 3-2.
Roger Williams opened the scoring 7:11 into the game as Stephanie Johnson scored off an assist from Mayo for a 1-0 lead. Marymount responded 14 minutes later as Emily Parent found Carrie Schneider for a goal to knot the score before Janelle Scott put in a score off an assist from Joselle Gacusan for a 2-1 lead Marymount lead at halftime.
Mayo retied the score at 64:13 with a goal to force overtime and set up DaCunha's heroics.
In goal, Kayla Leonard made three saves on 10 shots for Roger Williams to earn the win, while Marymount's Beth Dickey stopped 15 of 25 shots she faced.
Eastern Mennonite (1-1) 1-0 -- 1
Franklin & Marshall (2-0) 1-1 -- 2
Goals: F&M - Shannon Summers (Athena Manolakos), 20:07
EMU - Sarah Buller (Vanessa Rice), 30:07
F&M - Amy Cawley (Amanda Zambrano), 79:16
Goalie Saves: F&M - Robyn Jones, 3 (90 minutes)
EMU - Joy Shaiebly, 6 (90 minutes)
Shots: F&M 8, EMU 4
Corner Kicks: F&M 4, EMU 2
Fouls: F&M 3, EMU 4