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Slow start dooms Lyndon

Slow start dooms Lyndon

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Maine Maritime jumped out to a 2-0 lead by halftime and held off a late Lyndon charge to record a slim 2-1 North Atlantic Conference victory Sunday at the Lyndon Athletics Field.

The contest was the second in two days for both squads, who appeared to be affected by the recent heat wave.

"With back-to-back conference games this weekend, there was definitely a lack of energy on our part in the first half," said Hornet Head Coach Sean Bliss. "Defensively we were not strong and with us defense comes first. If we can get healthy and get more numbers moving forward, things will take care of themselves."

Victoria Cooper scored the first of her two goals in the contest at 9:39 of the opening half by drilling home a shot from the right about 12 meters out. The tally was unassisted. Less than 20 minutes later, Cooper would strike again as she punched home a cross off the foot of Sarah Brochu to make it 2-0.

"Losing yesterday's game to Husson was tough because we could have won it easily," said Bliss. "Today I was impressed at how we bounced back and were able to put in a good effort and win the second half."

Early in the second half, Sarah Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt.) brought the Hornets to within one goal when she fired home a direct kick from approximately 20 meters out. Despite a better effort in the final 45 minutes of play, Lyndon was unable to score the equalizer.

Mariner goalkeeper Kelsie Hilton stopped four shots to earn her third win of the season and Hornet netminder Julianna Anderson (Manchester, N.H.) turned aside 10 shots in taking the loss.

Maine Maritime held a 26-6 advantage in shots in the contest and had nine corner kicks to Lyndon's four.

The Hornets (4-6, 0-3) travel to New Hampton, N.H. Wednesday to face Plymouth State in a contest held at the New Hampton School. Game time in 7 p.m. The Mariner, meanwhile, face rival Husson University on the road Saturday at 5 p.m.

-    Bill Johnson, Assistant Athletic Director/SID