BENNINGTON, Vt. – Seizing the opportunity to do it in front of her home crowd, Southern Vermont College sophomore Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) broke both the SVC women's soccer all-time scoring and all-time points records Wednesday afternoon at Everett Field to help the Mountaineers secure a 2-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) home win over Mitchell College.
Madore tied the program's career-high goals mark of 27 set by Kaitlyn Forant '14 in the 10th minute, and she then padded the SVC lead nearly 11 minutes later to break the record in just her 31st game as a Mountaineer. That 2-0 SVC lead lasted through the final 70:09 of action to give the hosts their third-straight win and fourth in the last five games.
The four points pushed Madore up to 66 for her career, passing Eva Graham '01 to now be the team's all-time leader in that category as well.
Southern Vermont improves to 7-4-2 overall and 4-1 in league action, now having tallied five shutouts this season. SVC looks to keep it going on Saturday, visiting an Elms College team that is undefeated in NECC play; that kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Mitchell (1-10, 1-4 NECC) next heads to Newbury College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. league contest.
The victory makes the Mountaineers 4-0-1 in their last five meetings with the Mariners, closing the all-time series gap to a 5-4-1 Mitchell edge.
Madore was then interviewed on Thursday by Brady Farkas from 101.3 ESPN Burlington/Plattsburgh to discuss her achievement. Listen to that conversation here: http://www.1013espn.com/svc-sophomore-sets-program-scoring-record-audio/
SVC junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) only had to make one save in the win (7-4-2), hardly being tested as the Southern Vermont midfield and defensive units played extremely well to limit the Mariner chances. Marscari and the Mountaineer backfield have now recorded five shutouts this year including three straight, bringing their goals against average down to 1.71; that currently ranks third best in the NECC. Mascari's five clean sheets ties her own third-best mark for a Mountaineer in a single season, putting her two shy of the team's shutouts record in one year.
Mitchell freshman Jordan Lohneiss (West Hartford, Conn.) came up with six saves in the loss (1-8).
Madore barely wasted any time in tying the scoring record as she notched what proved to be her second game winner of the year at the 9:15 mark. The Mountaineers played a form of a hockey forecheck, knocking the ball into the MC defensive end and then crashing down on the Mariners; Madore swiftly took the ball from a Mitchell defender 35 yards out on the left edge and went at the goal through open space before firing a high, left-footed shot over the visitors' goalie and under the bar for her 12th of the year.
Soon after, in the 20th minute, Madore became the Mountaineers' all-time leading goals and points leader as she added an insurance tally for Southern Vermont. A failed Mitchell clear found the foot of SVC freshman Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) in the middle of the pitch-- about 25 yards away from net-- and she played a perfect touch pass through the MC backline and into the box. Madore collected it there before slotting the ball past the Mariner keeper, her 13th goal of the year giving her the second most in the Conference.
Southern Vermont had a handful of chances to increase its lead through the remainder of the match but couldn't get any of those to find the back of the net as Mitchell stayed within striking distance. SVC freshman Ashley Blom (Manorville, N.Y.) let it fly on numerous occasions, her takes missing the upper corner by a matter of feet to the relief of the Mariners.
Mitchell was supported in its own end by junior Tiana Edwards (Hartford, Conn.) who seemed to be all over the field and involved in every play, making a slew of strong tackles for the visitors to help keep the Mountaineer offense from firing at will. Still, Southern Vermont held off the Mariner attack until the waning minutes when MC pushed to get into the back of the net, but none of Mitchell's opportunities would come to fruition as SVC closed out the clean sheet.
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