Mascari Becomes Women’s Soccer’s All-time Wins Leader with 3-0 Shutout at Newbury

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – In shutout fashion, Southern Vermont College senior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) became the school's all-time wins leader as she posted her 30th career victory in net on Saturday with a 3-0 downing of Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer action at Hellenic Field.

SVC scored in the eighth minute of play before adding a pair of insurance goals in the remainder of the first half. Mascari didn't need to make a single save all day en route to her 19th career shutout and the program record.

Southern Vermont has a record above the .500 mark for the first time this year with Saturday's win—sitting at 5-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. SVC looks ahead to a non-conference match at Morrisville State on Wednesday with kickoff slated for 3 p.m.

Mountaineer freshmen provided all of the day's scoring with Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) notching the first two goals before classmate Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) capped the offense in the 18th minute.

SVC took a 26-1 advantage in shots taken during the afternoon, and the Mountaineers hit seven corner kicks while not conceding a single one to the Nighthawks.

It didn't take long before Wierzbicki put home her fifth of the year—and the eventual game winner—into the lower part of the frame for the 1-0 edge in the eighth minute of action. She struck again less than four minutes later for her team-leading sixth of the season on a bending shot towards the near post.

Southern Vermont sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) then crossed the ball in to Griffiths who tapped it in for her fourth of the year at the 17:14 mark. Neither side would find the back of the net the rest of the way for the Mountaineers to walk out with their third-straight shutout and give Mascari sole possession of the wins record.

Mascari and the SVC defense are posting a goals against average of 0.87 after Saturday's win, and the senior keeper sits 40 saves shy of breaking the school's all-time stops record with seven regular season games left to play. She surpassed SVC Hall of Famer Thalia Smith '00 for the program's wins mark on Saturday.