Women’s Soccer Opens NECC Schedule With 3-0 Loss to Lesley

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College began its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer schedule Saturday afternoon, but the hosting Mountaineers were downed 3-0 by Lesley University at Everett Field.

The Lynx were able to find the back of the net with 50 seconds left to go in the opening half, and they got an insurance tally just 1:58 into the second stanza. LU capped the day's scoring with the last goal being put home in the final minute of play.

SVC (0-4-1, 0-1 NECC) is next in action on Thursday when the Mountaineers host Plymouth State University for a 4 p.m. rescheduled contest. Lesley (3-3, 1-0 NECC) is off until next Saturday, September 22 as the Lynx visit Elms College for a 1:30 p.m. rematch of the 2017 NECC championship game.

The opening 20 minutes of action were mostly contained within the middle third of the pitch as neither side had any chances of significant quality. LU started to maintain possession and keep the ball in Southern Vermont's half of the field, however, and the Lynx finally got one to go with halftime looming. Natsuki Futakuci (Tokyo, Japan) hit a corner kick from the right side, and the ball found its way to the middle of the box; it was met there by freshman Sophie Smurthwaite (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who fired her first collegiate goal into the lower-left corner of the frame.

Lesley didn't waste much time in padding its cushion after the break as the Lynx got their second to go in the 47th minute. SVC pushed to get on the scoreboard with time waning, and the Mountaineers came inches from cutting the deficit to one with just under six minutes to go when a penalty kick rang off the right post. The Lynx were able to extend the advantage with a final tally as a long pass resulted in a flick over the Southern Vermont keeper to make it 3-0 with 58 ticks on the clock.

Mountaineer junior Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) amassed eight saves in the loss (0-3).