BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team celebrated Senior Day Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory over Newbury College at Everett Field.
SVC scored just 2:21 into the match but would be held without a goal through the rest of the opening period. The Mountaineers then opened it up in the second half, however, to cruise to their third-straight win.
Prior to the start of the game, Southern Vermont recognized and thanked its six senior members: Carissa Bottisti (Amsterdam, N.Y.), Naya Cerda (West Islip, N.Y.), captain Sydnee Julian (Mexico, N.Y.), Vanessa Kendall (Coventry, Conn.), captain Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.), and Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.).
Next up for the Mountaineers (3-4-2, 2-1 NECC) is their final scheduled non-conference match with SVC visiting Cazenovia College on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Newbury (1-9, 0-3 NECC) is off until next Saturday, October 6 when the Nighthawks host Becker College at Regis College Stadium for a 3 p.m. league tilt.
The Mountaineers got on the board in the third minute of action when their first shot of the day found the back of the net. Junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) played a pass across the top of the box to McNamee who took a couple of touches before sending her second of the year into the left side of the frame.
SVC controlled the pace of play over the next 42 minutes of the half—taking 16 shots and six corner kicks while not allowing NC to get into either stat category. Still, the Mountaineers were unable to get on the end of their many crossing passes while their six shots on frame were turned away by Newbury senior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.).
Southern Vermont sophomore Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) had two of the better looks with one ringing off the crossbar while Sass denied another from the doorstep.
With a nearly identical timestamp into the period as their first goal, the Mountaineers put another in the cage with a strong finish off a corner kick. Freshman Maddie Gibney (Albany, N.Y.) began the set piece from the right and sent the ball to the middle of the box just yards off the goal line; junior Danielle Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) was there to head it home for her fourth tally of the season.
Gibney would register her first career score in the 55th minute when Sass dove to punch away a cross—knocking it right to the Mountaineer freshman who sent it home on the open net. About 10 minutes later, Mallett fed a square pass across the top of the goal area to freshman Kaidin Gauthier (Bennington, Vt.) who slotted in her third of the season from the left side. Those tallies would give Southern Vermont a comfortable cushion that would carried to the Mountaineers' ninth-straight win over NC.
SVC junior Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) didn't face any shots in posting her second shutout of the year and improving to 3-3-1 on the season. Sass finished with nine saves on the day.
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