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September 28, 2007
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In the Limelight

Florio proves vital to soccer team

Karen Florio
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KAREN FLORIO
Her season started with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Alfred in the Susquehanna Women's Soccer Classic.

Junior forward Karen Florio bagged another goal a day later against Pitt-Bradford in a 3-0 shutout victory.

In a Sept. 15 contest against King's, Florio assisted senior midfielder Erin Coffey's game-winning goal to give the Crusaders a 1-0 victory.

It seems that Florio has had the winning touch in the young season, something she said she hopes to keep going throughout the season.

She said she hopes this early season success will eventually send the Crusaders into the playoffs in the inaugural season of the Landmark Conference.

"My expectations for the rest of the season are to continue to improve as a team and to keep our winning record going, hopefully landing a spot in the conference playoffs," Florio said.

As with most athletes, Florio was involved in many sports at a young age, including soccer.

She played competitive soccer, basketball and softball. In third grade, a decision had to be made.

"Soccer seemed to be the one I loved best and the one that made me the happiest," Florio said.

One event that added to her happiness was her junior year in high school at Rumson Fair Haven in New Jersey, where her team won the state sectional championship.

While the team won the championship, it was a personal victory for Florio as she put home the game-winning goal.

Florio's teammates have noticed her competitive drive.

"Karen is always trying to better herself and she won't settle for anything less than her best," sophomore defender Abby Montgomery said.

Entering this season with one career goal in her two previous seasons, Florio eclipsed that mark 64 minutes into the first game of the season with her second goal of the game.

Florio earned All-Tournament Team honors for her efforts, as well as becoming the first ever Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week for women's soccer.

While starting the season off right on individual terms, Florio said she loves how the team meshes as a unit, adding that she is excited about the prospect of qualifying for the playoffs.

"The key to our successful start would be our team love for the game," Florio said.

"We really show that we get along on and off the field,"?she said.

"We all have confidence in each other's abilities and in our ability to play as a unit," Florio added.

With a 5-4 overall record, and conference play just getting started -- including a key Landmark contest tomorrow at Goucher -- Florio said she looks for the team to stay on track for a playoff berth.

"The key for us to get into the playoffs is to keep playing together as a unit and to continue giving 100 percent in the games and practices," Florio said.

"Hopefully we will keep up the momentum we have already have built," she said.

This is Florio's third year on the squad. In 2005 she played in 14 games while totalling eight shots. Last season, as a sophomore, she had 17 shots while playing in a total of 17 games.


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