Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to New England College in North Atlantic Conference play on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Hornets to 0-10-1 overall and 0-6-1 in conference. NEC improves to 5-7-1 and 4-2 in the NAC.
Sunday's game began in a downpour, as wet footing was the rule early on. NEC got on the board in the 9th minute, when Emily LePage (West Greenwich, RI) took a feed from Jaycie Triandafilou (Newburyport, MA) and put it past Hornet goalkeeper Johanna Sargent (Randolph, VT). LePage scored again less than four minutes later, getting behind the defense while receiving a through ball from Sara Locke (Wethersfield, VT) and putting it past Sargent. Locke made it 3-0 Pilgrims in the 17th minute when she knocked home a rebound after Sargent denied Michaela Pomeroy's (Thetford, VT) initial shot. LePage then completed the first half hat trick by breaking in on Sargent and putting the ball away in the lower left corner. LePage now has six goals on the season.
As the weather improved in the second half the play also slowed down. NEC controled things throughout the half, but the Pilgrims were only able to tack on a single goal. In the 69th minute Kaitlyn Kostigen (Boston, MA) converted a deep cross by Cameron Szuch (Seymour, CT) for her first goal of the season.
NEC outshot Lyndon 41-2 for the match. Sargent made 13 saves in the Hornet goal before being relieved by Victoria McCormack (East Lyme, CT) for the final ten minutes. McCormack was credited with one save. Kayla Pugliese (Mamaroneck, NY), Katelynn Brewster (Stillwater, NY), and Molly Gingras (Derry, NH) combined for the clean sheet in the Pilgrim goal. Gingras was called upon to make the only save of the afternoon when she stopped a Brooke Breault (Albany, VT) shot late in the contest.
Next Saturday the Hornets travel to Thomas College for a 1:30 pm start. The next and final home contest of the season will be on Saturday, Octopber 21st, when Johnson State College comes to Varsity Field. NEC will host Plymouth State University on Wednesday.