LONGMEADOW, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team continued its stellar run through the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Wednesday afternoon, winning 3-0 on Ryan Field for its third straight victory.
SVC scored twice in the opening 10:08 of action and padded its lead five minutes into the second half while keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard for the clean sheet.
The Mountaineers improve to 10-5-1 on the season and 6-1-1 in the Conference. That guarantees that the team will finish with its best NECC mark since the league's inception in 2008, the previous best record being 5-3-1 in 2012. SVC wraps up the regular season on Saturday, visiting Conference foe Lesley University for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Southern Vermont freshman Naya Cerda (West Islip, N.Y.) scored first for the Mountaineers, cleaning up a rebound that was a result of a corner kick in the eighth minute for her third of the year and first collegiate game winner. Senior Jess Magee (Sound Beach, N.Y.) finished a similar play less than three minutes later, firing a high shot into the back of the net for an insurance goal and her first of the season. SVC sophomore keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) stopped the two BPU shots on goal in the opening period, sending the game to halftime with the visitors up 2-0.
Shortly after the break, Southern Vermont freshman Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) extended the Mountaineer lead with a goal in the 51st minute. That score was her 14th of the year, tying her for both the third most goals in SVC single season history and top mark in the league this year. Mascari fended off another two Wildcat attempts on frame through the remainder of the match for the visitors to walk out with their seventh group shutout of 2015.
Mascari's four saves made way for her fifth personal shutout of the year, tying the mark she set last year that ranks third on the all-time SVC single season record list. She is now just two away from tying the program's career shutout record of 12.
Southern Vermont is now 7-1-1 in its last nine games and sits just one victory shy of tying the team's wins record.