Colbert scores her second-career goal
EASTON, Mass. (September 1, 2017) – The Stonehill women's soccer team scored three times in the first half to top NYIT, 3-1, in its opening contest at W.B. Mason Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Stonehill (1-0) saw three different goal scorers in the first half, including senior Lindsay Gomes (Brockton, Mass./Brockton), Caroline Colbert (Peabody, Massachusetts/Peabody Veterans Memorial), and Isabella Collentro (Sandwich, Massachusetts/Sandwich). Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlin Brown (Walpole, Massachusetts/Walpole) tallied her first win in net and recorded three saves.
NYIT's (0-1) lone goal came from Jess Hawley late in the first frame.
Early in the first half, senior Meredith Moore (Salem, Connecticut/East Lyme) slotted a pass from the left flank to Collentro who one-touched the ball and ripped it over the keepers head for a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.
The Bears had an early opportunity as well as they launched a free kick from 20 yards out, but Brown collected the ball out in front on the right side of the net in the eighth minute of the game. Once again, Brown was able to stop NYIT from scoring as the Bears offense sent a ball from 40 yards out to the top of the 18-yard box for a forward to knock the ball into Brown's hands in the 19th minute.
Stonehill was able to clear the ball out of their defensive third to set up Colbert for her second goal of her career. Elizabeth Nerger (Marshfield, Massachusetts/Marshfield) took the ball to the right corner and crossed it to Collentro, who chipped it to Colbert. Colbert drove the ball past the keeper to the left back post extending the Skyhawks' lead to two, 2-0, in the 22nd minute of the game.
Twenty minutes later, Nicole Geraghty (Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Bridgewater-Raynham Regional) from 30 yards out sent a through ball up the middle of the field to Gomes who dribbled it into the back of the net, giving Stonehill a 3-0 lead at the 42nd minute.
Stonehill committed a foul in the 44th minute of the game, setting up the Bears for a free kick 20 yards out. Hawley took the kick and curved it to the back right post, cutting the deficit to two, 3-1.
Both teams pressured each other in the second half as neither team was able to score and shots on goal were tied at four a piece.
The Skyhawks wrap up the East Region Crossover Challenge with a contest against Nyack College tomorrow, Saturday, September 2 at 3:00 p.m. at W.B. Mason Stadium.
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