Bender leads Colby-Sawyer past Lyndon

Bender leads Colby-Sawyer past Lyndon

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Adrienne Bender scored three first half goals as the Colby-Sawyer Chargers defeated Lyndon 4-1 in a North Atlantic Conference women's soccer quarterfinal contest.

Bender got the scoring started in the 21st minute when she gained control of a loose ball in front of the net. She then deposited the ball into the right side of the net by the diving keeper. Fifteen minutes later, Bender was one on one with the goaltender and found a small opening in the lower left corner of the net for her second tally of the game.

Bender recorded the hat-trick three minutes later after being set up with a nice through ball from Colleen Coburn. The goal was Bender's team best 10th of the season.

Colby-Sawyer took a 4-0 lead in the 68th minute on a goal from Ashley Reis. Reis was driving down the middle of the field when she chipped a high ball at the goal. The ball was too high for the goalie to reach and snuck in under the crossbar for her third goal of the season.

Lyndon's lone goal came in the 84th minute when the Chargers defense committed a foul in the box, which resulted in a penalty kick. Katy Ebner (East Hampstead, N.H.) was up to the task and scored into the right corner of the net for her first goal of the season.

Shay Spencer got the win and made one save in 53 minutes of work. Karley Hamilton was in net for the remaining 37 minutes. Lyndon goalie Samantha Smith (North Haverhill, N.H.) collected eight saves in the loss.

The Chargers held a 24-3 edge in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.