NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team tied its best start in program history with its third straight win to open the season on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over Northern Vermont University at Johnson.
Freshman Julia Koron (Pittsford, N.Y) scored twice, while sophomore Sydney Rocheville (Salem, Mass.) dished out three assists to lead the Cadets' offense. Junior midfielder Kaila Lemmer (Barnard, Vt.) also continued her torrid start to the season, notching two assists to bring her team-leading point total to nine.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bishop-Manning (New York, N.Y.) made a season-high eight saves, but she lost her consecutive minute shutout streak to open the season at 253:38 when NVU-Johnson's Kelsey Cauchon beat her to the left side of the net for the Badgers' lone goal.
Norwich (3-0-0, 0-0-0 GNAC) needed just 1:46 of game time to take the lead in the battle of the unbeaten teams coming into the night. Lemmer served up a corner kick that Rocheville got a head on and deflected off a Johnson defender, but Koron was first to the rebound to bury the ball in the back of the net for her second of the season.
Zorya Webster (Corning, N.Y.) pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 36:50 mark, slipping the ball past NVU-Johnson goalkeeper Kaitlin Boucher to the left side of the net after a beautiful through-ball by Rocheville split two defenders and sprung Webster in on the break.
Norwich extended the lead to 3-0 at the 59:55 mark with Koron scoring her second of the night on a nearly identical play to the first goal, scoring off a deflection and a double assist from Rocheville and Lemmer on a corner kick.
Freshman forward Karyssa Lachance (Gorham, N.H.) made it three goals in three straight games to start to her career, scoring at the 66:39 mark to cap the Norwich scoring on the night and give the Cadets a 4-0 lead.
Lachance prep touched the ball with her left foot to evade a NVU-Johnson defender after another pretty pass by Rocheville. She then was in alone on the goalkeeper and beat her to the right side of the net for the reigning GNAC Rookie of the Week's third goal of the season.
NVU-Johnson (2-1-0, 0-0-0 NAC) got a goal back late with Cauchon scoring on a long run from the left side to beat Bishop Manning and get the Badgers on the board.
Norwich avenged a 4-1 loss to NVU Johnson from last year and turned the tide on the Badgers beating them by the same score to continue their renaissance under first-year head coach Heather Faasse.
The Cadets tied the 1992 team for the best start in program history at 3-0 with the victory. NU also equaled its entire season win total in three games for each of the last four years after Norwich won three games in each of those seasons.
Rocheville's three assists tie her for second most in a single game in program history. She became the first player since Anna-Lesa Sukkestad in 2012 to notch three assists in a single game.
Norwich outshot NVU-Johnson 21-13 in the game. Boucher made five saves and was saddled with the loss for Johnson. Anna Harris came in to make one save in the second half. Bishop-Manning improved to 3-0-0 on the season. Her eight saves tied her for the third-most in a single game in her young career in the Maroon & Gold.
Norwich will look to keep up its impressive streak to open the season on Saturday when it travels to Albertus Magnus to open GNAC play and face its stiffest test to date. The Falcons beat the Cadets 2-0 last season in Northfield.