BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College notched its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer victory Saturday afternoon at Everett Field as the hosting Mountaineers defeated Newbury College by a 3-0 clip.
SVC got a goal to go in the opening 45 minutes of action before padding its lead with a second goal in the 55th. The Mountaineers then sealed the deal with a final tally with 1:02 remaining on the clock while keeping the Nighthawks out of the net all day for the hosts' third shutout of the season.
Saturday also served as Southern Vermont's Senior Day as the team recognized and honored departing members Kelsey Hamister (Vallejo, Calif.) and Lauren Nesshoever (Chittenden, Vt.), in addition to the five Nighthawk seniors, prior to the start of the match.
The win puts SVC above .500 for the first time since September 14 as the Mountaineers are now 5-4-2 overall and 2-1 in league action. NC falls to 3-7 on the season with the loss, dropping to 1-2 against the NECC.
The Mountaineers now have a full week off for rest and recovery, playing next on Saturday, October 8 in a 12 p.m. NECC contest at Wheelock College. Newbury sets its sights on a Wednesday non-conference game, hosting Green Mountain College for a 7 p.m. start at the Winsor School in Boston.
Southern Vermont has won its last six-straight meetings with the Nighthawks, taking the slim 6-5 edge in the all-time series with Saturday's victory.
Mountaineer sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) scored the first SVC goal of the day for what would prove to be her first game winner of the year, and freshmen Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) and Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) each added an insurance tally in the second half. Madore's goal put her alone at second on SVC's all-time scoring list as she now has 25 in her short career, sitting just two shy of tying the program's top mark (Kaitlyn Forant).
Southern Vermont junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) chalked up her third clean sheet of the season, improving to 5-4-2 in net after making a pair of saves in the win. That gives her sole possession of second on the Mountaineers' all-time wins chart, her 22nd career victory being seven short of tying the team's record between the pipes.
Nighthawk sophomore goalie Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) came up with nine saves in the road loss (3-4).
It was 17:15 into the match when SVC got on the scoreboard, taking advantage of one of its seven corner kicks on the day to take the lead. Hamister hit the set piece from the left side of the pitch, and Madore was able to meet it at the edge of the six-yard box with her head-- bouncing it past Sass for her team-leading 10th goal of the season. That was Hamister's fourth helper of the year, fittingly coming on her Senior Day.
The 1-0 score would hold through the halftime break and almost 10 minutes into the second period; that's when Biggers extended the upper hand with her third goal of the season. SVC freshman Ashley Blom (Manorville, N.Y.) played a through ball up the gut and into space, a pass that could have been swept away by the Nighthawk defense. Biggers overpowered the defender, however, stuck her leg in to win the ball and promptly fired it into the lower-right corner of the frame to put her team up 2-0.
Southern Vermont controlled the pace of play over the next 34 minutes, holding Newbury to four shots with just one of those being on frame. Mallett all-but-ended it late in the 89th minute, padding the Mountaineer cushion with her sixth score of the year. Freshman classmate Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) flicked the ball up the field behind the NC backline, and Mallett then chased it down to gain control while going into the box. From the left edge of the penalty area and 17 yards out, she fired a left-footed laser into the right side netting for the final tally of the day.
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