Women’s Soccer Clipped 3-2 at Elms

megan macdonald dribbles the ball

CHICOPEE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was bested 3-2 by Elms College Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer action at Leary Field.

EC struck first, but the Mountaineers were able to tie it up with a goal in the 38th minute to go into halftime tied. SVC then took the upper hand 5:20 into the second period—only to see the Blazers find an equalizer about two minutes later. Elms then went back on top in the 76th minute and held on to secure the victory.

The first of the Mountaineers' final three regular season games comes on Tuesday with SVC (5-6-2, 3-3 NECC) hosting Becker College for a 3:30 p.m. Conference contest.

Saturday marked the fourth-straight game between the two that was decided by one goal or less, and it saw the most combined goals since Elms defeated Southern Vermont 7-0 in 2008.

8:52 into the match, Elms put one home to take the advantage. The Blazers were able to maintain that 1-0 lead until Southern Vermont got in the net when there was 7:07 left in the opening half. The Mountaineers were awarded a penalty kick, and freshman Maddie Gibney (Albany, N.Y.) capitalized for her fourth goal of the year.

Early into the second stanza, SVC went ahead when junior Alexis Hufnagel (Port Richey, Fla.) assisted freshman Kaidin Gauthier (Bennington, Vt.) for her fourth score of the season. EC came right back, however, and tied it at 2-2 in the 53rd minute. The next shot on net would find the back of the cage—that coming off a Blazer's foot with 14:31 on the clock for the hosts to pull back in front. Southern Vermont was held without a shot the rest of the way as Elms closed it out.

Mountaineer junior goalie Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) made one save in the loss (5-6-2).