September 11, 2011

Lyndon blanks Regis

WESTON, Mass. – Lyndon's Samantha Bergeron (Milton, Vt.) scored what would turn out to be the only goal of the game in the 34th minute to help the Hornets defeat Regis College 1-0 in non-conference women's soccer action. Lyndon State improves to 4-0 on the season.

Lyndon State had several opportunities to score early in the first half. The Hornets' Emily Strese (Gilmanton, N.H.) had a free kick nearly eight minutes into the game that hit the crossbar and sailed out of bounds. Sarah Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt.) nearly gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead when her shot trickled past the outstretched hands of the Regis keeper but was just wide, leaving the game tied at 0-0. Lyndon finally got on the board in the 34th minute when Bergeron took a through ball from midfield off the foot of Strese that Bergeron planted in the top left corner of the net to give the Hornets the early advantage.

Regis had its first chance of the half when a corner kick by Jackie Rocheville landed at the feet of Kelly Cadigan. Cadiga turned and fired on net but the ball sailed just high, nearly grazing the crossbar, but left Regis facing a 1-0 deficit headed into the half.

In the second stanza, Lyndon pursued an insurance goal but the Regis defense was up to the task. In the 50th minute, Cornell took a through ball on a breakaway but Regis' Michaela Yebba stonewalled her attempt and preserved the 1-0 deficit. A similar play developed with only 15 minutes remaining in the game as Lindi Libera (West Burk, Vt.) streaked on a breakaway, but her shot was also turned away when Yebba made a sprawling stop. Unfortunately for the Pride, they could not turn the excellent defense into offense as the Hornets kept the pressure in the Regis zone and held onto the 1-0 victory.

Lyndon State held a 16-11 edge in shots while the Pride doubled up the Hornets in corner kicks, 4-2. Lyndon's Tia Billado (Bellows Falls, Vt.) picked up the win in net while making three saves. Michaela Yebba suffered her first loss of the season despite making six stops.