September 27, 2011

Lyndon ends 38-year losing streak

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — For the first time in 38 years, the Lyndon women's soccer team recorded a victory over Plymouth State University. Emily Strese's (Gilmanton, N.H.) goal at 12:33 of the second half lifted the Hornets to a hard-fought 2-1 win over the visiting Panthers.

Laura Davis gave Plymouth (3-5, 0-2) a 1-0 lead 18:26 into the contest when she took a drop pass from Kate Nixon and drilled a shot over Lyndon goalkeeper Tia Billado (Bellows Falls, Vt.). The lead proved to be short-lived, however, as the Hornets (6-3, 1-1) responded with a goal of their own less than seven minutes later.

Strese teed up a direct kick about 40 meters from goal and send a chip toward the Panther net. Teammate Sarah Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt.) managed to beat a Plymouth defender to the ball and volleyed a shot past goalie Angelina LaBroad to knot the score at 1-1.

Shortly after halftime, Strese took a long pass from Samantha Bergeron (Milton, Vt.) and drilled a shot into the far side for the eventual game-winner.

Billado made five saves to earn her fifth win of the season while LaBroad and Courtney Lins combined to make three saves for Plymouth. The Panthers outshot the Hornets in the contest by margin of 18-9.