LEICESTER, MASS. – The Becker College women's soccer team defeated Southern Vermont College 3-2 in New England Collegiate Conference playoff action Wednesday evening at Alumni Field. The win lifts the Hawks to 9-6-3 on the year, while the Mountaineers season comes to end with a record of 11-5-2.
Southern Vermont took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Jocelyn Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif) fed Shawnee Webster (Hoosick, N.Y.) with a beautiful centering pass. Webster took the pass and drove it past the outstretched arms of Becker keeper Kaitlyn Rose (North Attleboro, Mass.).
The Hawks answered back in the 22nd minute when freshman Jaclyn Orangio (Maynard, Mass.) rebounded a header from Caroline Plunkett (Belle Harbor, N.Y.), tipping into the back of the Mountaineers net. Becker took the lead 5:13 later when a Plunkett shot trickled through the gasp of the Southern Vermont goalie Liz Simonowicz (Chester, Mass.). The Hawks took the lead for good 36 seconds later when Jodi Theriault (Woodstock, Conn.) set up Plunkett for a breakaway goal, giving Becker a 3-1 advantage. The goal gave Plunkett her 55th point of the season, tying the Becker College single season record.
The Mountaineers made things interesting in the second stanza, cutting the Hawks lead in half in the 63rd minute on a Kaitlyn Forant (Hardwick, Vt.) goal. Becker held their ground for the remaining 26:55 to advance to the NECC Semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Becker goalies Kaitlyn Rose and Melissa Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) split the game in net, turning away three shots. Southern Vermont keeper Liz Simonowicz kept the mountaineers in the game by turning away 12 shots, seven of them coming in the second half.
The Hawks will now travel to top seeded Lesley University on Friday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m.