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Katie Vanden Avond on a roll

Updated: October 29, 2013, 1:58 PM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

DE PERE, Wis. -- One shot strayed off target, then another. Katie Vanden Avond wondered if she might soon run out of opportunities. She had been surprised even to see her name in the St. Norbert College starting lineup for the first soccer game of her freshman season, a road game at Lakeland College, and she felt obliged to prove up to the position.

At long last, the drought ended. Relief came. She beat a defender down the left side, shot to the far post and scored. Finally.

"I ...

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