Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's soccer team is looking to continue their positive momentum from a year ago when they open up the 2019 season on Saturday. The Hornets, 5-9-1 overall and 1-5-1 in North Atlantic Conference play in 2018, will host Rivier University in a 4:30 pm kickoff on Varsity Field. Last season, Lyndon went 3-2-1 over their final six matches. The five victories marked the most by a Lyndon team since the 2011 campaign.
Third year players Jessica Hillman (Gardener, ME) and Kelsey Holland (Pembroke, NH) will provide leadership to this year's team. Hillman, a senior midfielder, scored three goals on ten shots a year ago. Holland, a junior defender, notched a pair of goals in 2018. Freshman Rachel Palladino (Manlius, NY) heads up this year's newcomers, bringing speed and energy to the Hornet attack.
Third year Hornet head coach Katy Ebner is looking forward to taking more positive steps with the program. "I am excited to continue upon our program's success last year. I hope that this year's players are ready to work towards that goal as well. "
The Hornets have been picked to finish 9th in the NAC 2019 pre-season coaches poll. Maine Maritime Academy was picked to finish first in the conference, with Thomas College tabbed for second. The predicted order of finish is:
- Maine Maritime Academy
- Thomas College
- University of Maine at Farmington
- Husson University
- SUNY Delhi
- SUNY Canton
- Northern Vermont University-Johnson
- University of Maine at Presque Isle
- Northern Vermont University-Lyndon
For a complete preview of the 2019 NAC women's soccer season click HERE.