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RMU women's soccer is showing no fear

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

The Robert Morris women's soccer team is playing with a lot of things these days, including confidence and depth, but there's one thing the squad lacks.

"We are no longer going into games with fear of other teams," coach John Kowalski said. "We're going into games with a lot of confidence and looking at the opportunity that we can win the next game."

With a 4-1 win this past Sunday at Howard, the Colonials are off to a 6-3 start, their best nine-game record since the program's inception in 1992.

Kowalski credits the balance and depth of his team for the success. He's confident in every player he puts in the game with the ability to go 18-deep in his lineup.

Senior forward and Greensburg Central Catholic product Rachel Sebbens has been outstanding this season and was named the co-Northeast Conference Player of the Week after scoring three goals and adding an assist.

"She was a very talented player to begin with," Kowalski said, "but getting the experience through the last three years, now her fourth year, she's really putting her game together as a forward."

The NEC is beginning to make a name for itself in soccer. The conference is 2-1-1 this season against Big East opponents, including a Robert Morris win over Syracuse, 1-0.

"In the Northeast Conference, an emphasis has been put on soccer," Kowalski said. "They're really putting out a decent scholarship budget, so we are able to recruit better players and similar players that the Big East can recruit."

The Colonials travel to Duquesne on Sunday.

Three's company

Edinboro women's soccer player Elizabeth Debo was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women's soccer Athlete of the Week.

Debo, a freshman and Norwin graduate, scored a hat trick in the Fighting Scots' 3-0 win over East Stroudsburg on Saturday. She scored all three goals in a span of three minutes.

Debo is the second Edinboro women's soccer player to earn the award. Senior Samantha Kaiser took the honor last week.

California (Pa.) women's soccer player Breeanna Robinson also scored a hat trick over the weekend. On Sunday, the senior had three goals in a dominating 7-0 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan.

Two for two

Geneva goalkeeper Bryan Butler earned the Presidents' Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor for the second straight week.

The freshman hasn't allowed a goal in his first two collegiate matches. He's splitting time with junior goalie Evan Biedenbach, and the duo has led the Golden Tornadoes to a 3-1-1 start.

Tough opener

The Indiana (Pa.) men's basketball team,

coming off its third consecutive appearance in the Division II NCAA Tournament, will open the 2011-12 season with an exhibition game on Oct. 31 at Division I Tournament qualifier Florida State.

Both teams were eliminated in their respective rounds of 16.



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