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Nichols and Bellando Boost Women’s Soccer to Victory at Emmanuel 

Nichols and Bellando Boost Women’s Soccer to Victory at Emmanuel 

BOSTON – Junior Rylee Nichols scored twice and had an assist and senior Makenzi Bellando assisted on three goals to lead the Castleton women's soccer team over Emmanuel (Mass.), 4-2, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 2-2-0 while the Saints drop to 1-2-0. Loren Henderson claimed the win in goal for the Spartans and made four saves while Lexi Gawron made 10 stops in goal for the hosts. 

Nichols got the scoring stared at the 6:49 mark from Bellando. Junior Julia Carone doubled the Spartan lead just 2:49 later, again assisted by Bellando. 

After a quiet remainder of the first half, Natalie Dash put Emmanuel on the board at 51:48. Nichols answered with her second goal of the contest just 1:59 later. Then, freshman Julia Blanchard netted her first-career goal with an assist from Nichols to make it 4-1 with 20:24 remaining in regulation. 

The Saints pulled to within one at 85:10 with a goal by Taylor Rathbun, assisted by Grace Sanpietro on a corner kick, but the comeback attempt was annulled in the closing four-plus minutes by heavy Castleton possession.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday on the road at MCLA before opening conference play on Saturday, September 14 at home versus Keene State.