BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team lost 4-1 Wednesday afternoon to Morrisville State College in SVC's 2014 home opener at Everett Field.
Mustang senior captain Krista Baxter (Downsville, New York) and junior Paris Matteo (Valley Stream, New York) each had two goals in the win while SVC junior Katelyn Raymond (Bristol, Conn.) scored the first goal of the season for the Mountaineers.
It did not take long for Morrisville to get on the scoreboard, pushing into the Southern Vermont defensive third early with good ball movement. Mustang senior Bethany Lewis (South Ostelic, New York) made a nice throw-in from the left side to Matteo in the center who corralled it and hit a soft, lofting shot from outside of the penalty box over the head of SVC freshman keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, New York) and into the back of the net just 1:07 into the game.
About nine minutes later, Morrisville nearly added a second when sophomore Amber Welsh (Cortland, New York) took a shot from 25 yards out, one that started to fall towards the bottom of the crossbar; Mascari came up big with a leaping tip that pushed the ball right into the bar with the carom going straight down, never to cross the goal line.
After MSC controlled the ball well through the first 13 minutes, Southern Vermont started to get its offense in rhythm and push into Mustang territory. However, that opened up the middle third of the field, and Morrisville was able to take advantage. After gaining possession in their defensive third, the Mustangs pushed forward quickly and connected their passes in transition. Welsh played a great through ball down the middle of the field, allowing Baxter to run onto and slip it past Mascari for the 2-0 go-ahead in the 19th minute, a score that would stand through halftime.
Following the break, Morrisville took a 3-0 advantage when Baxter was able to work it into the right side of the box and slot the ball into the net for her second of the day and season in the 60th minute. Just over 10 minutes later, the Mountaineers got themselves on the board after getting the ball deep into the MSC end; a ball being batted around the penalty area eventually found the feet of Raymond at the top of the box, and she ripped a shot to the far side's upper corner to make it a 3-1 game in the 71st minute.
That score wouldn't stand for long, however, as Matteo was able to take a pass from sophomore Cassandra Premo (Taberg, New York) and blast a shot to the upper right corner from 20 yards out for the final score of the game in the 73rd minute. Play continued with fatigue setting in on both sides with neither team able to have great chances. With just under three minutes to play, an injury requiring medical attention caused the game to be called with the Mustangs taking the 4-1 victory.
Morrisville sophomore keeper Angela Marriott (Peekskill, New York) moves to 2-0 on the season in net for the Mustangs, making two saves on the day. Mascari turned away six MSC shots in the loss (0-3).
SVC (0-3) is scheduled to be back in action on Saturday when Elmira College visits for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest. The Mustangs (2-0) begin North Eastern Athletic Conference action Saturday when they host Lancaster Bible College for a 4 p.m. match.