Mustangs Put Away Newbury With Relentless Attack
NEWTON, Mass. – With an offensive attack that saw Mount Ida College outshoot their opponents 47-4, the Mustangs grabbed their first victory of the season on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over Newbury College in non-conference women's soccer action at Alumni Field.
Junior Sierra Legge (Schodack Landing, N.Y.) netted her first tally of the year and put the Mustangs ahead with a blast from thirty yards away that curled into the top right corner of the Newbury goal after a first thirty minutes in which Mount Ida dominated possession.
Briana Tomaselli (Warwick, R.I.) doubled the host's advantage just four minutes later, sliding the ball past Newbury sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Fox (Orono, Maine), who played fantastic for the Nighthawks, making twenty saves.
Junior transfer Rachael Reese (Santa Cruz, Calif.) earned her first point as a Mustang with an assist on Legge's opening goal, while Hannah Brackett (Voorheesville, N.Y.) fed Tomaselli for the second tally.
"I think to get that first win under our built is huge because it takes a lot of pressure off the team," said Head Coach Greg Hagan. "The girls can go out and just play without worrying about having to get that first win."
Reese, who had 14 shots in the game, five of them on frame, nearly opened the scoring for the home team less than fifteen minutes into the first half, when she clanged a missile off of the crossbar from the edge of the area.
Just moments later, Tomaselli nodded on a shot across the face of goal, but Fox did well to push the ball just past the post.
Legge also had an attempt from long range, which was smartly punched over the top of the bar by Fox.
Tomaselli sent a shot just past the far post with a quarter of an hour to play in the first half, shortly before Legge connected on her blast to give the Mustangs the lead.
Newbury sophomore Corrinn Niski (Oxford, Conn.) had a chance to cut the deficit in half just before the break, but she slid a breakaway attempt just left of the goal as the final horn sounded on the first half.
Reese had a golden opportunity to collect her first collegiate goal with 25 minutes left in the second half when she was awarded a penalty kick after being brought down on a breakaway, but she put her attempt just over the top of the bar.
After the victory, Hagan noted the strong midfield play of Kelleigh Lombard (Saugus, Mass.), who was returning to action tonight, and Legge, as well as the work of Reese up front.
"When that center midfield combination is at their best, they are very dangerous, and we saw that tonight. Their passing is on point and if we can get them involved in the attack, we're going to be more dangerous. Reese had her best game of the year, and though she was unlikely with hitting some crossbars, she showed that she has the ability to create opportunities for herself and for her teammates."
Freshman Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) made two saves to earn her first collegiate victory and shutout for Mount Ida.
Junior Jamie Chernesky (Scotia-Glenville, N.Y.) had both of the attempts on goal for the Nighthawks.
Mount Ida (1-2) will travel to Emerson for their next game, which will be on September 10th at 5:00 pm.
The Nighthawks (0-1) will travel to Johnson State on September 8th before their home opener on the 18th against Anna Maria.