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Fast Start Helps Women’s Soccer Beat Southern Maine, 5-0

Fast Start Helps Women’s Soccer Beat Southern Maine, 5-0

CASTLETON, Vt. – Freshman Tatum Shappy scored two goals in the opening three minutes of play as the Castleton University women's soccer team defeated the University of Southern Maine, 5-0, in Little East Conference (LEC) action on Saturday. 

With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-4 (2-1 LEC) while the Huskies fall to 4-5-1 (0-2 LEC). 

Shappy's first goal came at just the 1:58 mark. After a centering ball could not be handled cleanly by the visiting goalkeeper, Shappy picked up the ball and delivered it into the open net. She netted her second goal 1:02 later when her play at the goal was deflected in by a defender. 

Junior Rylee Nichols moved into a tie for the conference lead with her seventh goal of the season to put Castleton up, 3-0, just shy of the 14-minute mark. Makenzi Bellando eluded a defender and slipped a pass to Nichols, who's flick found the back of the net. The duo each registered a goal and an assist. 

Castleton carried a 4-0 lead into the half on an own goal tapped in by a Huskie defender at the 32:54 mark.

Then, after a long leading pass by Nichols, Bellando rounded up her own touch on the run and lifted a shot over the keeper as the only goal scored in the second half.

Loren Henderson made eight saves to earn her third shutout of the season. Kayla Gorman turned aside five shots for the Huskies in 77:33 of action.   

Also for Southern Maine, Alex Allain produced a game-high five shots. Castleton finished with a 15-12 edge in shots, but USM carried the corner kick margin, 6-3.

Women's soccer will return to action on Tuesday, October 1 as it will host Springfield College in a non-conference match at Dave Wolk Stadium at 4 p.m.