BOSTON, Mass. – A goal in the 10th minute of action would be all that the Southern Vermont College women's soccer team needed Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Mountaineers went on to add five pieces of insurance through the remainder of the match to walk out with a 6-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory at the Winsor School.
SVC went into halftime ahead 2-0 before pouring in four goals in the final 20:22 of action to finish off its second-straight victory. The Mountaineers are now 3-0-1 in their last four games, all three of those wins being shutouts against league opponents.
Southern Vermont improves to 6-4-2 overall on the year and 3-1 in Conference play. SVC has taken its last five-straight meetings with the Wildcats to grab a 5-3 edge in the all-time series. The team is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Mitchell College for a 3 p.m. NECC start.
Mountaineer freshman Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) scored twice in the victory, providing what proved to be the game winner for the first of her career. Sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) assisted on that opening tally before scoring SVC's first goal of the second half.
Senior Kelsey Hamister (Vallejo, Calif.) and freshman Juliena D'Alessio (Berlin, N.Y.) each potted their first scores as a Mountaineer while freshman Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) capped the day with her seventh of the year.
Madore has now tallied 26 goals in her 30 games played for SVC, sitting just one shy of tying the program's all-time scoring record (Kaitlyn Forant). The sophomore also moved up into a tie for third on the team's career points list as she now has 62, being just three short of tying that Southern Vermont record.
SVC junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) picked up her fourth shutout of the year (6-4-2), not having to make a single stop as the Southern Vermont defense shut down the Wildcat attack to keep the hosts from registering a shot on net. After giving up 16 goals through the team's first six games of the year (2.57 GAA), Mascari and her defensive unit have now surrendered just seven in the Mountaineers' last six contests (1.13 GAA).
Biggers took a cross from Madore on the left in the early-going of the match and finished for her fourth of the season. With just over 13 minutes to go in the opening stanza, D'Alessio cracked into the goals column with her first collegiate tally-- an unassisted strike making it a 2-0 Mountaineer lead that would hold until halftime.
Southern Vermont put three shots on frame after the second half started, but none were able to get past the Wheelock keeper as the two-goal advantage lasted into the 70th minute. SVC extended its lead when Madore found the back of the net, her team-leading 11th goal of the year getting her within one of Southern Vermont's career record.
Nine minutes later, Biggers struck again for her fifth goal of the season before Hamister recorded her first goal with SVC in the 83rd minute. With 2:44 left on the clock, Mallett sealed it with her seventh of the year on an unassisted score as the Mountaineers finished off the clean sheet.
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