BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team picked up its first win of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating Dean College 7-1 at Everett Field in the Mountaineers' home opener.
SVC struck early and often, going up 4-0 just 16 minutes into the match. Dean got one back in the onset of the second half, only to see the Mountaineers bury three more to put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.
Southern Vermont sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) tallied a hat-trick in the win while classmate Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) had two goals, including the game winner, and an assist in the first-ever matchup between the two teams.
The Mountaineers move to 1-1 on the season and are set to turn right back around for a Monday afternoon contest; SVC will once again be at home, welcoming Rivier University to Everett for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Dean (0-2) next heads to Lesley University on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. non-conference start.
SVC junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made six saves in the win (1-1), picking up her 18th career victory in net. Dean junior Emma Morrison (Northport, N.Y.) suffered the loss in goal after playing the first half as the keeper, and she then registered the Bulldogs' lone tally in the final 45 minutes.
After not playing the SVC's season opener on Thursday, McNamee wasted no time in getting her year rolling as it took only 3:27 for her to find the back of the net. Madore carried the ball in from the right side, going directly at goal through the box; not having much of an angle with Morrison locking down the near post, Madore fired a square pass completely across the frame where McNamee was able to run onto and slam the ball home for the quick 1-0 advantage.
Just over two minutes later, a similar play saw the Mountaineer junior collect her second score of the season. SVC freshman Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) tracked down a long pass near the right corner, just inside the penalty area; she turned and played the ball into the middle where McNamee was waiting. The receiver had to adjust and take a step back, but she set herself enough to one-time a right-footed shot into the left side netting for what proved to be all that Southern Vermont would need.
That scoring tandem then switched things up in the 12th minute, completing a nice give-and-go for the 3-0 upper hand. Madore kept the ball from going over the touchline near midfield, finding an open McNamee closer to the center of the pitch; McNamee flicked the ball through the Dean backline and down the field where Mallett was able to run through open space. The SVC freshman spotted up and let it fly, putting the ball in the upper-right corner for her first collegiate goal.
Soon-after, Madore recorded her first score of the year on a stellar pass from the Mountaineer backfield. Sophomore defender Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) launched the ball from about 10 yards into her own half of the field, allowing the speedy Madore to chase it through an empty Dean zone, take a few touches at goal, and slide it past the Bulldog goalie.
The 4-0 SVC lead would hold through the next 29 minutes as the Mountaineers went into the halftime break up comfortably.
In the 52nd minute, Dean broke through to the scoreboard on a well-executed corner kick. Senior Kim Dickson (Marlborough, Mass.) took the set piece for the Bulldogs from the left side and dropped the ball nicely towards the near post. Morrison was able to get up and over the SVC defense, putting her head on it and flicking the ball home inside the near post.
Less than four minutes later, Southern Vermont got it back when a hard foul was whistled in the Dean box. SVC sophomore Jenna Retell (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was selected to take the penalty, and she lined it into the right side of the cage for her first goal as a Mountaineer.
Madore would add a pair of scores in a 53-second span, the first coming in the 76th minute of play. While facing away from the frame and with a defender on her back, she made a nice step-over and turned to goal; Madore cut the corner, brought the ball into the box and went towards the middle before slotting it back into the lower-left corner. She then knocked down a Dean clear attempt right at the midfield line and carried the ball through the Bulldog defense all the way down the pitch; from nine yards into the right side of the box, she sent a low shot across the frame and into the side netting to complete the hat trick.