BENNINGTON, Vt. – No Southern Vermont College women's soccer team had ever amassed 12 wins in a single season until the 2017 Mountaineers defeated No. 6 Newbury College 3-0 at Everett Field Saturday afternoon in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoffs.
The victory sees third-seeded SVC move to 12-4-1 on the year and bring a four-game winning streak into the semifinals; that will mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Mountaineers will be playing for a chance to move onto the tournament championship.
The game was scoreless until there was only 1:35 left on the clock in the opening half; that's when SVC got on the board with its first strike for the hosts to bring a 1-0 edge into the break. The Mountaineers padded their cushion in the 59th minute, and a successful penalty kick gave them a second piece of insurance while Southern Vermont held the Nighthawks (2-16-1) to just two shots on goal throughout the day.
SVC will head to Elms College on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. kickoff with a spot in the finals on the line. The Mountaineers are now 10-0-1 with 10 shutouts in their last 11 games—conceding just a single goal in their last 1055:35 of action.
Mountaineer junior Sydnee Julian (Mexico, N.Y.) picked a prime moment to notch her first goal of the year as she hit a stellar shot off the bottom of the crossbar and over the line late in the opening half; that was just her second career score and her first collegiate game winner.
SVC freshman Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) added her 11th of the season to make it a 2-0 lead, and sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) then converted the penalty opportunity to cap the scoring with her seventh goal on the campaign.
Southern Vermont senior keeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made two saves while notching her 26th career shutout in the victory (12-4-1). NC junior counterpart Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) came up with 11 stops in the loss (2-14-1).
Rull recap to follow.
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