CASTLETON, Vt. – Four first-half New England College goals were enough as the Castleton University women's soccer team fell to the visiting Pilgrims 4-1 on Tuesday evening at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton falls to 2-5-0 overall, while New England College improves to 3-4-1.
Quickly reigniting the fire between the former conference opponents, the Spartans and Pilgrims played chippy, attacking ball right from the start. The crowd filled with fans from both sides got into it early and so did Castleton as the home team looked to run with the early momentum.
The duo of Taylor Mann and Julia Carone was responsible for multiple set-up and shot pairings during the match. In the 11th minute of action, the latter raced with the ball down the middle of the field, sending a long pass ahead to Mann. Meeting the ball just a split second before the Pilgrim goalie, the Hoosick Falls, N.Y. native was able to poke it past the diving keeper. It proceeded to roll slowly toward the goal just outpacing a pursuing defender and crossing the goal line.
Despite the early momentum in the favor of Castleton, New England College came roaring back with a couple of scores in under six minutes. Eventually adding two more later in the first half, the Pilgrims would grab and hold a 4-1 lead throughout the entirety of the contest.
Loren Henderson started and played all 90 minutes in goal for Castleton. The sophomore keeper made six saves on 10 shots. Kayla Pugliese stopped four shots for NEC.
While the visitors finished with a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks, the Spartans attained a 20-12 lead in total shots with 14 coming in the second period.
Women's soccer heads back out for a brief road trip to face Little East opponent Rhode Island College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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