LEICESTER, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team broke the program record for the most consecutive games without a loss Tuesday night as the visiting Mountaineers defeated Becker College 1-0 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Alumni Field.
SVC scored early with a goal in the fifth minute of play, and the visitors clung to that lead for the next 85:47 to secure the victory. The result made way for the Mountaineers to extend their unbeaten streak to eight-straight games—topping the team's previous mark of seven set by the 1996 squad. SVC is 7-0-1 and has only allowed a single goal in that stretch.
Southern Vermont improves to 9-4-1 on the year and 4-1-1 against the NECC with the win. The Mountaineers now turn to the first of their last two regular season games when they host Dean College on Saturday for Senior Day and a 1 p.m. league kickoff.
Sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) scored the lone goal of the evening—that being her first game winner of the season and the fourth of her career.
SVC senior goalie Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) continued her outstanding campaign as she made nine saves to blank the Hawks—improving her season record between the pipes to 9-4-1. The shutout was the 23rd of her career and her seventh this year as she tied the program record for the most clean sheets in a single season (Denise Welch- 1994).
One of the biggest highlights of Tuesday night for Mascari and the Southern Vermont defense was holding Hawk junior Lindsey Keith (Sutton, Mass.) scoreless. One of the most prolific offensive players in—not only the league but—the nation, Keith entered the game with an NECC-leading 20 goals on the year which ranked her fourth in all of NCAA Division III; she was limited to just three shots on the night with two of those being on frame and getting turned away by the Mountaineer keeper.
Becker owned a 16-9 advantage in shots taken through the match, but the hosts only had a 9-7 edge in shots on net. Both teams had five corner kicks and three fouls called on them through the contest.
Shortly after kickoff, Southern Vermont was able to work the ball into the Hawks' end of the field and get a shot on goal; it was stopped by the Becker netminder, but Mallett gathered the ball off a deflection soon-after and sent it home for her sixth goal of the year.
The hosts would put seven takes on frame through the opening 45 minutes of action but went into halftime down 1-0 after being stymied by Mascari on each of them. The SVC defense conceded just two shots on net in the second stanza while the visitors' offense took three of its own in a push to find some insurance. Neither side could find the back of the cage, however, as the tight 1-0 margin was sustained through the final whistle.
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