MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt. – Southern Vermont College got itself into the win column for the first time this season as the Mountaineers defeated Lyndon State College 5-1 Wednesday night in non-conference women's soccer action at Applejack Stadium.
SVC notched the opening three goals of the game before taking a 4-1 lead into the halftime break. That margin stood until late in the evening when the Mountaineers added one more to secure the win in the finale of the 2017 Manchester College Soccer Series.
Southern Vermont (1-2) is back on the road for its next game as the Mountaineers visit Mount Holyoke College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start. The Hornets (0-2) are at Mitchell College the same day for a 12 p.m. kickoff.
Junior captain Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) registered a pair of scores to become the first-ever Mountaineer to hit the 30-career goals mark. Sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) notched two assists for SVC while freshmen Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) and Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) both scored their first collegiate goals.
LSC senior Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) knocked home the lone Hornet goal of the night.
Southern Vermont senior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made a pair of saves in the win (1-2). Lyndon State senior starter Johanna Sargent (Randolph, Vt.) turned away five SVC shots while suffering the loss (0-2) after playing the opening 45 minutes between the pipes.
The Mountaineers got their first goal of the season early on to take a quick lead over the Hornets. A corner kick by junior Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) was sent from the left side of the pitch towards the back post where Madore ran through it for the 1-0 edge in the fourth minute of the match.
About two minutes later, SVC added a piece of insurance on a great pass from the middle of the field. Biggers played an excellent through ball up the gut, and Griffiths met it before taking her shot; the take glanced off the bottom of the crossbar and carried over the line for her first collegiate tally and the 2-0 upper hand.
Madore got on the stat sheet again when Biggers notched her second helper 10:42 into the game. Biggers took the ball at the top-right corner of the box and touched it off to Madore who was crossing in from the outer-right third; Madore took a touch to the middle and lofted a perfect, left-footed shot over Sargent's outstretched arms and underneath the bar for her 30th tally in the Mountaineer uniform.
Lyndon State ended the shutout in the 26th minute after getting a free kick near midfield. The ball carried from the right side into the back of the box where a Mountaineer defender tried to clear it away; both teams would get a foot on it before another clear attempt went off of a crashing DeWitt for the senior's first of the year.
With just over 10 minutes to go in the half, Southern Vermont struck again. On a free kick 50 yards from net, sophomore Ashley Blom (Manorville, N.Y.) played the ball over the pulled up Lyndon State defensive line and into the top of the box; classmate Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) ran on and perfectly slotted her first touch into the right-side netting for her first of the season.
Following the intermission, the 4-1 tally was maintained by both sides as the rain started to get heavier. The best chance through the first 40 minutes of the stanza came when SVC was awarded a free kick just outside the top of the box. McNamee took the set piece and curled the ball towards the right side of the frame, but LSC freshman reserve Victoria McCormack (East Lyme, Conn.) came up with an outstanding, diving save just inside the post and covered it up before Griffiths could get a second chance on the rebound.
The Mountaineers would eventually extend their lead to four, however, when they all-but-ended it in the 88th minute. Wierzbicki was able to steal the ball away from the final Hornet defender about 10 yards into the visitors' zone and carried it, unfettered, through open space; as the freshman made her way into the box and McCormack came off her line, Wierzbicki pushed a shot into the right side of the goal to for the final score of the evening.
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