No. 4 Women's Soccer Falls 6-1 to Top-seeded Lesley in NECC Semis

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team's 2018 season came to a close Wednesday night as the fourth-seeded Mountaineers lost 6-1 to No. 1 Lesley University at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in a semifinal match of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoff tournament.

The hosting Lynx went up 3-0 midway through the first half before SVC got one back. Lesley would open it up in the second stanza, however, to cruise into the championship round.

Southern Vermont ends the year with an overall record of 9-7-2.

"As tough as tonight's result is, I don't want one game to define us or the season," said SVC eighth-year head coach Michael Zauzig. "These young women grew all year and gave us a chance to get into the playoffs. More than anything, I'd like to thank the seniors for their commitment to the program; they have had such a wonderful impact on their teammates, the college, and me."

The Lynx got on the board 11:53 into the match and never relinquished the lead. LU put in the eventual game winner during the 22nd minute, and the hosts added their third about five minutes later.

Southern Vermont cut into its deficit shortly after when sophomore Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) sent home her fourth goal the year in the 28th minute. She got to a loose ball and let it fly into the top of the frame from right in front of the net. The 3-1 tally would last into the halftime break as SVC was held to just the one shot on goal through the opening period.

7:16 into the second frame, Lesley struck again and went on to score another pair by the end of the 70th minute. The Lynx defense prevented Southern Vermont from registering a shot in the final 45 minutes to pull away for the win.

Mountaineer junior keeper Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) posted nine saves in the loss (9-6-1).