Women’s Soccer Blanks SUNY Canton 5-0 in Home Opener

Allly McNamme kicks the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – A goal in the fifth minute of play was all that was needed for Southern Vermont College to defeat SUNY Canton Saturday afternoon in non-conference women's soccer action at Everett Field, but the Mountaineers went on to add four more for the decisive 5-0 victory during their home opener.

SVC brought a 2-0 lead into halftime before scoring its third in the 55th minute. The hosts then found the back of the net twice in the final four minutes to walk out with the win.

The Mountaineers (3-4) are back at home for their next game when SVC hosts Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. kickoff. The Roos (4-3) look ahead to a 5 p.m. Wednesday match at Cazenovia College.

Southern Vermont freshman Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) notched not only her third goal of the season—but her third game winner of the year—as she scored just 4:13 into the contest. Junior captain Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) had a goal and an assist on the day.

Mountaineer senior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made three saves in the afternoon to bring her career total to an even 500; she picked up her 17th collegiate shutout with the victory (3-4).

SUNY Canton sophomore goalie Allison Wakefield (Mastic, N.Y.) had a pair of stops in the loss (4-3).

Griffiths got the Mountaineers on the board shortly after the opening whistle when she got on the end of a pass from sophomore Juliena D'Alessio (Berlin, N.Y.). D'Alessio won the ball on the right side of the box, eluded her defender, and sent it towards the back post past the outstretched arms of Wakefield; that's where Griffiths was waiting to punch it in on the fly with her left foot for what proved to be the game winner.

Sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) used her second of the year to put SVC on top 2-0 about 10 minutes later. She took a pass from the top of the 18 and turned before getting shouldered by a Roo defender; Mallett was able to win the back-and-forth and get a shot off from the right side of the box for the goal.

The Mountaineers' two-goal advantage was sustained through the next 30 minutes to register as the halftime score. Their defense allowed just four shots (two on goal) to keep the shutout intact.

Junior Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) extended the separation 10 minutes into the second stanza when she was selected to take a penalty kick for the hosts. She pushed it into the right side of the frame for her second tally of the season.

SVC conceded just a single shot on net the rest of the way to help Mascari record the clean sheet. With time waning, Madore made a lunging attempt at a loose ball in the SUNY Canton box to put it into the back of the goal for her third of the year.

Madore then set up freshman Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) in the final minute with a square pass along the top of the box; the Southern Vermont rookie took one touch to settle it before lofting a shot over the Roo keeper and under the crossbar for her second score on the season.