LEICESTER, MASS. – Playing in the final regular season home game of her career, Becker senior midfielder Jodi Theriault (Woodstock, Conn.) made it one to remember, scoring two goals and assisting on a third as Becker College edged Mitchell College 3-2 in NECC women's soccer action on Saturday at Alumni Field in Leicester. The Hawks of Becker are now 8-5-2 and 6-1 in the conference, taking sole possession of second place in the NECC standings with two regular season games remaining on the season. The Mariners of Mitchell fall to 3-8 and 3-4 against NECC opponents.
Senior forward Caroline Plunkett (Belle Harbor, N.Y.), playing in perhaps the final home game of her career, broke the tie in the 21st minute for her 20th goal of the season and the 61st of her career. The assist on the score went to Theriault, Plunkett's fellow senior. That 1-0 advantage remained the score at the end of the first period, with Becker hold a shots lead at the half, 5-3.
The second half saw an offensive explosion. In the 58th minute, Mitchell freshman defender Alexandra Mahar (Watertown, Conn.) scored the equalizer into the top right corner of the goal, her third of the season, with the assist to senior midfielder Lauren Fritsch (Cromwell, Conn.). Just over a minute later, Theriault put the Hawks on top again with a blast from 18 yards out, her ninth of the season. The 2-1 Becker lead did not last, as a mere 13 seconds later Mitchell freshman midfielder Katie McBride (Paris, France) took advantage of a misplayed ball by the Becker defense, sending the ball over the keeper's head and knotting the score at 2-2.
That was the score in the 81st minute when Mitchell failed to clear a ball with the Mariners' netminder playing shallow, and Theriault blasted a shot in from over 30 yards out to put the Hawks up 3-2.
Becker sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rose (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished with three saves on the day, while Mitchell freshman netminder Diamond Thomas (Hartford, Conn.) tallied six. Plunkett needs one goal to tie the Becker single-season record for goals in a season.
Prior to the game, Becker Head Coach Samly Phonesavanh recognized her team's graduating senior class as part of women's soccer's senior day. Defenders Chelsea Faria (Avon, Mass.), Alysha Giulietti (Uncasville, Conn.) and Keri Richardson (Douglas, Mass.), along with Theriault and Plunkett, were each commended for their dedication and leadership to the program both on and off the playing field. Although their collegiate careers may be coming to an end, these five student-athletes will always be part of the Becker community.
Up next for the Hawks of Becker, the team travels to Elms College on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. match. Mitchell hosts Lesley University on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.