BENNINGTON, Vt. – Once it got rolling, the Southern Vermont College women's soccer team eased to a 6-0 home win Thursday afternoon against Green Mountain College in non-conference action at Everett Field.
The Mountaineers scored three times in each half to secure their third win in as many games. After falling in its season opener, SVC is now 3-1 overall on the year- starting a season with that mark for the first time since 2012. That same year was the first time Southern Vermont ever beat GMC, and the Mountaineers have now taken their last four against the Eagles after Green Mountain won the first five in the all-time series.
Southern Vermont goes for four in-a-row on Saturday, visiting The Sage Colleges for a 7 p.m. kickoff at the Albany College of Pharmacy. The Eagles (0-2) next head to Clarkson University on Sunday for a 12 p.m. non-conference bout.
SVC sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) tallied her second hat-trick of the year, totaling four goals on the day for a team and New England Collegiate Conference-leading eight on the season. Just 23 games into her career, the Mountaineer has notched 23 goals which ranks her fourth on the Southern Vermont all-time record list; she is only five away from breaking the program's career goals mark of 27 (Kaitlyn Forant).
Mountaineer freshman Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) continued her strong collegiate start, registering a pair of goals on Thursday to give her five on the season. SVC sophomore Sydnee Julian (Mexico, N.Y.), and Madore each had an assist in the win as senior Kelsey Hamister (Vallejo, Calif.) picked up a pair of helpers.
Southern Vermont junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also moved up on the all-time SVC career charts, stopping one Eagle shot on goal for her first shutout (3-1) of the season; the clean sheet gives her 12 in her time as a Mountaineer, tying the all-time shutouts record set by Hall of Famer Denise Welch '97. Three Eagles spent time in net for the visitors with junior Tyah Culp (Eatonton, Ga.) keeping a majority of the game; she made 12 saves on the afternoon in suffering the loss (0-1).
Green Mountain was able to stifle SVC for the opening 17 minutes, playing a deep, packed-in defense that forced the Mountaineers to push the ball outside or take shots from afar. Finally the hosts broke through, getting a ball into the box where Mallett could make something happen. Hamister played a pass from the midfield to the top of the penalty area where Madore met it and flicked it with her head over to the left edge; Mallett ran on, beat the defender and slammed it home for her third goal and what would prove to be her second game winner of the year.
Madore got her first of the day to go late in the 23rd minute when her high pressure forced the Eagle defense to turn it over about 35 yards out; she made a cut into the middle of the box before bending a left-footed shot into the right side of the frame for her fifth of the year.
SVC padded its lead with just under nine minutes to go when Madore registered her second in the match. Hamister hit a corner kick from the left side, a curling ball that dropped over an Eagle defender where Madore was able to give it a tap with her head and beat the GMC keeper.
Twenty minutes following the intermission, Madore got her second hat-trick of the year with a brilliant move at the top of the box. She took a pass and used a nice behind-the-leg touch to open up her look; she then buried a left-footed take into the lower-right corner of the cage to put SVC on top 4-0.
With time waning and an impending early-fall Vermont storm coming over Mount Anthony, Madore got her fourth to go from about 25 yards out. She hit it from the middle third of the pitch, and the ball was then deflected by a GMC defender before trickling into the lower-right corner.
30 seconds later on during the Mountaineers' transition, Madore played a ball up the gut to Julian who took a touch, turned and sent it to the top of the box for Mallett; the SVC freshman played it into the penalty area and let it rip across the frame, knocking home her fifth career tally with just 4:13 left on the clock. The 6-0 score would hold through the final horn as Southern Vermont finished off its third straight victory.
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