Women’s Soccer Concludes Regular Season with 5-0 Win at Bay Path

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LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Southern Vermont College completed its 2017 regular season women's soccer schedule Wednesday afternoon with the visiting Mountaineers notching a 5-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory over Bay Path University at Ryan Field.

SVC scored twice in the first half and then tacked up three more in the final 20 minutes to walk out with the league victory. The Mountaineers finish the campaign with an overall mark of 11-4-1 for the team to tie its regular season wins record set in 2012. Southern Vermont's league record of 6-1-1 also gave the program its best-ever NECC winning percentage (.813).

The Mountaineers now await Wednesday night's postseason bracket announcement for the confirmation of who they will be facing at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a first-round playoff game at the SVC campus.

The blanking of Bay Path on Wednesday saw Southern Vermont break its team record for the most shutouts in a single season as the Mountaineers now have nine—all of those coming in their last 10 games. SVC heads into the playoffs with a 0.55 goals against average.

Freshman Nicole Shapiro (New Windsor, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist for Southern Vermont—her score being her first collegiate tally and her first career game winner. Sophomore Ashley Blom (Manorville, N.Y.) and freshman Jayne Wierzbicki (Wilmington, Mass.) each had a goal and a helper, as well, in the victory.

Mountaineer senior goalkeeper Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) broke another school record as she posted 14 saves in the win (11-4-1); that gave her 544 stops for her career—surpassing the team's previous top mark of 543 set by Hall of Famer Thalia Smith '12.

Shapiro put SVC on the board in the 13th minute when she got to her own rebound and sent it home for her first collegiate score. Just 3:31 later, Shapiro hit a pass that was headed in by Blom—the sophomore's first collegiate goal making it a quick 2-0 lead for the visitors.

That score would hold through the next 55:15 of action, and the intermission, before the Mountaineers found the back of the net once again. Wierzbicki first played a ball to junior captain Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) who put it in for her sixth of the year in the 71st minute. Less than five minutes later, a Blom corner kick found Wierzbicki, and the SVC rookie finished for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.

With just 1:03 left on the clock, another corner would prove fruitful for the Mountaineers. Junior Naya Cerda (West Islip, N.Y.) hit the piece, and sophomore Juliena D'Alessio (Berlin, N.Y.) completed the play for her second goal in the last two games. Shortly after the restart, Bay Path worked the ball deep enough to put one final shot on frame—a take that would be turned away for Mascari to sit alone atop the Southern Vermont career saves list.