MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College went into Morrisville State College and defeated the Mustangs 2-0 Wednesday afternoon in non-conference women's soccer action at Drake Field.
The Mountaineers scored both of their goals in the first half, and they were able to keep the hosts off the scoreboard through the entire match to chalk up the team's fourth-straight shutout.
SVC—which started the season at 0-2—has now won four in-a-row and five of its last six games to sit at 6-4 overall on the year.
Southern Vermont returns to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action this Saturday for its next match as the squad hosts Wheelock College at Everett Field for a 1 p.m. league kickoff.
Mountaineer freshman Jayne Wierzbicki (Milford, N.Y.)—who was named the latest NECC Rookie of the Week on Monday—tallied her third-consecutive game-winning goal with a strike in the 25th minute. Junior Naya Cerda (West Islip, N.Y.) then added an insurance tally as she converted on a penalty kick with 7:40 left to go in the first half.
Senior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) chalked up her 20th career clean sheet with the win (6-4)—being aided by a strong performance from the SVC defense which allowed just four shots on net throughout the day. Mascari and the Mountaineers have not allowed a goal in their last 405 minutes of action, and they are currently posting a 0.79 goals against average for the season.
Southern Vermont doubled up the Mustangs' offensive attempts with a 20-10 upper hand in shots taken, and the Mountaineers had five corner kicks to Morrisville's two in the win.
SVC had the offensive momentum from the opening whistle as the visitors took a 7-3 advantage in shots before finally getting one to go. Wierzbicki collected the ball and went at the net on a breakaway down the right side; she fired it inside the left post for her team-leading seventh goal of the year to put the Mountaineers on top 1-0 at the 24:30 mark.
Just under 13 minutes later, Southern Vermont would be awarded a penalty kick when one of its players was taken down inside the box. Cerda stepped up and knocked it home for her first goal of the season and the 2-0 edge. That score stood until halftime, and the Mountaineers maintained their separation while keeping the shutout intact through the final 45 minutes to extend their winning streak.
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