BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's soccer team will head into the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoffs with a three-game winning streak after the Mountaineers defeated Bay Path University 2-0 Wednesday afternoon at Everett Field.
The game was nearly scoreless at halftime, but SVC junior Hannah Gould (Granville, N.Y.) was able to net her first goal of the year with 16.4 seconds on the clock for the edge. Southern Vermont then got another to go early in the second frame and kept BPU out of the net through the final whistle to wrap up the regular season with a shutout.
The Mountaineers (8-6-2, 6-3 NECC) and Wildcats (7-7-1, 3-6 NECC) now await the NECC postseason tournament bracket announcement to see who and when they will play in the quarterfinals; that seeding is set to be released Thursday morning.
Southern Vermont junior keeper Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) notched her fourth shutout of the year and improved to 8-5-1 between the pipes with two saves on the day.
The Mountaineers were aggressive through the early minutes but were caught by the BPU defense as the hosts were whistled for four offside infractions through the opening 14 minutes of play. SVC was able to control the pace of the majority of the first half, but it would not be until the final minute that the Mountaineers got on the board.
With under 20 seconds left in the period, Southern Vermont junior Ashley Blom (Manorville, N.Y.) got the ball on the right side of the pitch and sent a crossing pass from about 35 yards out. It sailed to the left side of the box where Gould was able to meet and chip it over the Bay Path keeper for her first goal as a Mountaineer.
SVC increased its lead shortly into the second stanza with a great move at the top of the box. Sophomore Rileigh Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) ran on to a long pass down the left side of the field and used her first touch to send it towards the middle. Senior Ally McNamee (Freehold, N.J.) took a stutter step and a nice touch to elude her Bay Path defender—opening up a shooting lane before lacing her third goal of the season into the lower-right corner of the cage.
The Mountaineer defense prevented BPU from getting any quality chances the rest of the way as Jarosz turned away the only shot on frame that she faced in the second half with ease.
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