BENNINGTON, Vt.- On a cold and windy day at Everett field on the campus of Southern Vermont College, the SVC Mountaineers took on Elms College, in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women's soccer game. Southern Vermont entered Wednesday's match on a two game win streak and 2-2 in conference play.
The Mountaineers had the first scoring opportunity eight minutes in, when Connor Crawford took the ball down the left side on a counter attack. Crawford then played a ball across the middle, but Elms Keeper, Kelly Callahan snuffed it out before SVC forward Taylor Grover got to the ball.
Less than a minute later Elms' Jennifer Killion crossed a ball from the right side that found the foot of Gianna Gorneault for a 1-0 Blazers lead. Gorneault struck again in the 35th minute of play when she scored an unassisted goal. The Blazers found the back of the net one last time in the first half when Sevonnah LaRochelle received a loose ball at the top of the 18. LaRochelle hit a bending ball and found side netting for an Elms 3-0 halftime advantage.
Again early in the second half it looked as if the Mountaineers were on the verge of finding the scoreboard. In the 50th minute Grover had a break a way, but Callahan challenged the ball to force Grover's shot wide.
The Southern Vermont defense continued to turn away a tough Blazer offense throughout the second half. With 20 minutes remaining in the match Victoria Cebula hit a ball from 40 yards out that bounced over SVC keeper Catrina Cecchini for a 4-0 Elms lead. Cecchini made 13 saves in the match while Callahan made two.
Southern Vermont drops to 3-7 (2-3 NECC) while Elms improves to 5-4-3 (2-1-2 NECC) in 2011. The Mountaineers will host league leading Lesley University Saturday while the Blazers will travel to Becker, Saturday for a 1:00PM start.