CHICOPEE, Mass. – For the first time this season, the Elms College women's soccer team did not win its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) game in regulation as the visiting Southern Vermont College Mountaineers pushed the tight league showdown to overtime Saturday afternoon at Leary Field. The Blazers were still able to extend their league winning streak, however, by taking a 1-0 victory on a penalty kick just 2:28 into the extra session.
EC entered its Senior Day on Saturday having defeated every team in the upper half of the NECC standings, including Lesley University which had previously won 61-straight games against Conference opponents. The Mountaineers went into Leary with a solid game plan and shut down a Blazer unit that averaged over two goals per game going into the matchup.
SVC was able to hold off the hosts for the opening 90 minutes, but the Blazers took advantage of the awarded penalty in overtime as they moved to 6-0 in league play (12-2-1 overall).
Southern Vermont falls to 7-5-2 on the year and 4-2 in Conference action with the tough loss. The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday, hosting Becker College at 3 p.m. for an NECC contest that should prove to be pivotal in determining playoff seeding for both teams.
While SVC possessed the ball in the Elms' end of the pitch throughout the match, including having a few throw-ins deep in the Blazer zone during overtime, the Mountaineers were not credited with any shots throughout the day. On the other end, EC put 17 shots on frame before the final one found the back of the net.
Southern Vermont junior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made the save on each of those first 17 attempts to keep the Blazers off the board, but she could not come up with a stop on the penalty as Elms celebrated its victory.
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