Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's soccer team celebrated Homecoming Weekend with a 2-0 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday afternoon. The win was Lyndon's first North Atlantic Conference victory since October of 2015, and evens the Hornets' conference record at 1-1. Lyndon is now 2-5 on the season. UMPI falls to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in NAC play.
Junior midfielder Kelsey Jacobs (Braintree, VT) gave the Hornets the lead just under six minutes into the contest when she headed home a corner kick from EmmaLee Smith (Woodsville, NH). Lyndon kept the pressure on early and broke through again in the 32nd minute when Makayla Epps (South Weymouth, MA) lofted a pass over an Owl defender to Jessica Hillman (Gardener, ME), whose shot from 15 yards out beat UMPI keeper Alexis Levesque. The Hornets took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
Lyndon continued to control play in the second half, but the tempo slowed a bit. The Hornets weren't able to find the net again, but the defense remained solid and goalkeeper Lauren Young (Danville, VT) turned away scoring chances from the Owls' Jordi Legassie and Hannah Nadeau. victoria McCormack (East Lyme, CT) relieved Young in goal in the 64th minute and preserved the shutout for Lyndon.
The Hornets outshot the Owls 39-13 for the game. Young and McCormack combined for seven saves, while Alexis Levesque made 16 stops in going the distance in goal for UMPI. The Hornets also had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Lyndon returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Castine, ME, to face Maine Maritime Academy for another NAC contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm.