Women's soccer captures shutout win
NEC’s Debbie Lyons (Wilmington, Mass.) scored a goal and picked up an assist leading the Pilgrims past the visiting Regis College Pride 3-0 Tuesday afternoon in Henniker. The win improves the Pilgrims to 3-4-0 overall and 2-1-0 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC.) The loss drops the Pride to 1-6-0 overall and 0-3-0 in TCCC action.
The two teams would battle closely throughout much of the opening half before NEC’s first-year forward Crystal Berry (Northfield, Vt.) would float in a pass from Veronica Hytner (St. James, N.Y.) with just 2:30 remaining in the first putting NEC up 1-0 heading into halftime.
The Pilgrims would continue to control much of the offense in the second half out shooting the Pride 31-5 on the afternoon. NEC’s Debbie Lyons would give the Pilgrims some breathing room as she would net her team-high fourth goal of the season on a breakaway at the 59:36 mark giving NEC the 2-0 advantage. NEC’s Laurie Silva (Dorchester, Mass.) would extend the Pilgrim lead to 3-0 scoring her first goal of the season off a nice pass form Lyons at the 72:10 mark.
The Pride would have opportunities late as Kendra Creonte (Waltham, Mass.) would get two shots on goal but the Pilgrim defense would hold strong keeping the Pride off the board.
Picking up the shutout win in goal for the Pilgrims was Kerry Hughes (Wallkill, Mass.) who finished with four saves on the afternoon. In goal for the Pride was Jackie Sullivan (Naples, Fla.) who finished with an impressive 17 saves.
New England College will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 27 when they travel to take on conference opponent Curry College at 5:00 p.m. Regis College will host non-conference opponent Green Mountain College on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4:00 p.m.