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Big second half powers Hornets past Pine Manor

Big second half powers Hornets past Pine Manor

Chestnut Hill, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's soccer team broke away from a 1-1 halftime tie with six goals after intermission and went on to defeat Pine Manor College 7-1 on Monday afternoon.  The Hornets improve to 4-7 on the season while the Gators fall to 2-7.

Pine Manor got on the scoreboard first when Feven Bedard-Khalid converted a penalty kick just 1:37 into the game.  After that, the Hornets quickly gained control of play, holding the Gators without a shot the rest of the contest.  In the ninth minute EmmaLee Smith (Woodsville, NH) lofted a cross from the left side which Taylor Hollis (Corinth, VT) put in the net for the equalizer.  Despite 20 shots in the opening half the Hornets weren't able to convert again, and the teams headed into intermission tied at 1-1.

The Hornets took the lead just 32 seconds into the second half when Kelsey Jacobs (Braintree, VT) put away a rebound off of a shot from Smith.  Tori Carlson (East Hven, CT) then scored twice in the 49th and 51st minutes to put the Hornets in front 4-1.  Jacobs then  picked up her second goal of the match when she scored off of a touch from Aliyah Austin (Sheldon, VT).  Smith's unassisted goal in the 59th minute put Lyndon in front 6-1 less than 15 minutes into the second session.  Kelsey Holland's (Pembroke, NH) late breakaway goal accounted for the final score.

Tori McCormack (East Lyme, CT) only faced two shots in going the distance in goal for the Hornets.  Chiara Celis and Serena Goncalves combined to make 14 saves for Pine Manor.  The Hornets dominated play throughout, outshooting the Gators 37-2 and earning nine corner kicks to none for Pine Manor.  Lyndon's seven goal output was the most by a Hornet team since a 13-0 win over the College of St. Joseph's in the second game of the 2016 season.

The Hornets will try to make it three in a row when they travel to SUNY Canton for a crucial North Atlantic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.  The Hornets and Roos are currently tied for the final NAC playoff berth.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm in Canton.