Plunkett Scores Twice In NECC Win Over Southern Vermont

Plunkett Scores Twice In NECC Win Over Southern Vermont

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont women's soccer fell at home Saturday, 2-0, to visiting Becker College in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) matchup.  Senior captain Caroline Plunkett (Belle Harbor, N.Y.) scored both goals for the Hawks in the second half. Plunkett's two goals give her 16 on the year, which is a career high. The two goals also moved her past Kim DiLeo '03 for third place in career points with 123.

 SVC falls to 2-3 in the conference (8-4-1 overall), while Becker improves to 4-1 against NECC opponents (6-5-2 overall). 

The match was played evenly throughout the first half with both teams taking nine shots.  Southern Vermont had chances in the box, including an opportunity within six yards of the goal that was nullified by a foul call.  Becker was also able to progressively work the ball to get quality looks at the goal, but SVC freshman keeper Liz Simonowicz (Chester, Mass.) stopped all five shots on goal to keep the game scoreless going into the break.

 After the intermission, the Mountaineers applied quick pressure, having their best chances of the half in the early going.  Hawk sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rose (North Attleboro, Mass.) was able to deny the two SVC shots to keep the Mountaineers off the board.  Rose finished the day with six saves for the shutout victory, while Simonowicz totaled 12 on the day.      

 75 scoreless minutes elapsed before Becker broke through to go ahead, playing with only 10 women after an issued red card.  Plunkett was able to maneuver around and past the SVC defense, placing a shot to the far left and outstretched arms of a diving Simonowicz for the 1-0 advantage. 

Plunkett added her second six minutes later, heading a far-side targeted corner kick from senior Jodi Theriault (Woodstock, Conn.) to go up 2-0, a score which would hold true for the remainder of the game.

 Prior to the match, the Mountaineers honored Shawnee Webster (Hoosick, N.Y.), the lone senior on the team, as part of the team's Senior Day.  Webster was hard-pressed to break free from a blanketing Hawk defense, being only able to register one shot on the day.  However, the captain made a defensive presence, stopping a close-range Becker shot in the first half, keeping the game scoreless at the time.

 Both teams return to action Tuesday with the Mountaineers playing a 2 p.m. match at Daniel Webster and the Hawks visiting Newbury for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff