October 29, 2011

New England ousts Lyndon from NAC playoffs

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — New England College jumped out to a three-goal lead by halftime and walked off with a 3-1 victory over Lyndon in the quarterfinal round of the North Atlantic Conference women's soccer tournament.
 
The Pilgrims (10-7-2, 5-4-1) will advance to the tournament's semifinal round where they face the winner of the Thomas/Castleton State matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Veronica Hytner gave the Pilgrims the lead for good when she scored an unassisted goal off a direct kick at the 27:22 mark of the first half. Hytner teed up the shot from about 25 meters out and drilled a shot off a defender that eluded Hornet goalkeeper Tia Billado (Bellows Falls, Vt.).
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Less than two minutes later, Haley Calabro punched home a cross from Amber Rose to up the New England lead to 2-0. The Pilgrims all but sealed the win in waning seconds the period when Hytner tucked home a pass from Kristen Walker to extend the advantage to 3-0.

Lyndon mounted a spirited comeback in the second half, but New England goalie Tricia Sardagnola and the Pilgrim defense proved to be equal to the task. The lone Hornet goal of the contest came with seven minutes remaining as Samantha Bergeron (Milton, Vt.) took a pass from Jasmin Amaral (Westport, Mass.) and blasted home a shot from less than 18 meters away.

Sardagnola made five saves to get the win and Billado turned aside two in taking the loss. The Hornet outshot the Pilgrims in the contest by a margin of 12-10.

With the loss Lyndon ends its season with an overall record of 9-8-1 and a mark of 4-5-1 in the NAC.