Women’s Soccer Blazes Past MCLA, 6-0

Women’s Soccer Blazes Past MCLA, 6-0

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Makenzi Bellando and Julia Carone both scored twice and Rylee Nichols had a goal and an assist as the Castleton women's soccer team was all over MCLA on the road on Wednesday evening in a 6-0 win.

Freshman Tatum Shappy also scored her second goal of the season and junior goalkeeper Loren Henderson and sophomore Alex Benfatti combined to shut-out the Trailblazers with a total of two saves for Castleton (3-2-0).

Nichols was involved in three of the four first-half goals for the Spartans. She scored the first goal of the contest at the 4:52 mark and went on to assist on the first of Carone's goals at 10:23. After Shappy scored an unassisted goal, Nichols got back onto the scoresheet with an assist on Carone's second tally of the evening with 16:38 remaining in the first half.

Bellando scored back-to-back goals for her first two goals of the season in the second half. Assistted by Taylor Mann, she made it 5-0 in favor of Castleton just short of the 69-minute mark. She got another one 4:35 later as Jamie Barrett collected an assist. Bellando moved into a tie for seventh on the all-time Castleton leaderboard with her 29th and 30th goals of her career and sits just one shy of a pair of alumni - Erin Hanlon '08 and Tina Davis '97 – with 31 and in a tie for fifth.

Dominating in time of possession, the Spartans finished with a 29-3 edge in shots including a 17-2 margin in shots on goal. Megan Richard played the opening half in goal and allowed four goals with five saves for MCLA (0-3-0). Jillian Currier made six stops and surrendered a pair of goals in the second half.

Castleton opens Little East Conference (LEC) play on Saturday as it hosts Keene State at 1 p.m.