NASHUA, N.H. – No Southern Vermont College women's soccer player has ever recorded more shutouts than current junior Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) who notched her 13th career clean sheet on Saturday as the Mountaineers won 3-0 at Daniel Webster College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action.
Neither team found the back of the net through the opening 45 minutes, but SVC then struck three times in the second half while keeping the Eagles out of the cage. The win ends a two-game skid for Southern Vermont and evens the team's overall record at 4-4-1; the Mountaineers improve to 1-1 in NECC play with the day's victory.
SVC is next in action on Tuesday, heading to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for a 6 p.m. kickoff under the Trailblazers new lights.
Mascari passed SVC/SJC Hall of Famer Denise Welch '97 on the program's all-time career shutouts record list, only needing to make three saves on Saturday to put herself atop the chart. She has never allowed a goal to DWC in 225 total minutes in net against the Eagles.
Southern Vermont sophomore Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) played for the first time since September 8, making a big impact as she scored the first two SVC goals of the day. Freshman Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) notched three assists in the afternoon as classmate Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) notched her first collegiate goal in the win.
SVC put 12 shots on frame in the first half, but none of those could get past the Eagle keeper as the game went to the intermission still scoreless. McNamee broke the stalemate in the 64th minute, finishing off a pass from Mallett with a good strike on net.
The duo teamed up once again with 6:21 left to play, McNamee chalking up her fifth goal of the year to give the Mountaineers a little more breathing room. Biggers got her goal to go in the 88th minute, being set up by Mallett to seal the victory. Mascari made two saves in the first half and then stopped the one shot on goal that she faced in the second to give her the clean sheet and the record.
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