NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team made its 2019 home debut in impressive fashion, downing NVU-Johnson 7-1 on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
Sophomore forward Karyssa Lachance (Gorham, N.H.) scored twice as the Cadets had different goal scorers in the non-conference victory over the Badgers.
Freshman Isabel Doherty (Quincy, Mass.), sophomore Katie Callahan (West Rutland, Vt.) and junior Regan Covey (Thetford, Vt.) each scored their first career goals, while senior Jordan Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) and junior Sydney Rocheville (Salem, Mass.) each added goals as well to round out the goal scorers.
Senior captain Madison Oelker (West Liberty, Ohio) added two assists on the final two goals for the Cadets.
Norwich (2-4, 1-0 GNAC) needed just two minutes to get on the scoreboard for the first time at Sabine this season as Doherty found the back of the net with a left-footed shot into the right corner of the net for her first collegiate goal.
Just 58 seconds later though NVU-Johnson (0-6) knotted the game back up at 1-1 with a penalty-kick goal by Jordan Pelland after Norwich was whistled for a foul in the box.
The Cadets took the lead for good though in the seventh minute with Lachance notching her first of the game and second of the season with a left-footed strike into the bottom corner of the net. She made it 3-1 just 3:32 later with her third goal of the season.
Less than a minute later Rocheville got in on the scoring with a long strike from 30-plus yard out to make it 4-1 Cadets.
Callahan scored to make it 5-1 in the 26th minute. Lutz scored her second career goal to stretch the lead to 6-1 in the 29th minute, while Covey capped the scoring in the 31st minute, tapping home a rebound after Oelker's shot hit the post.
Sophomore Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) picked up the victory to improve to 2-4 without making a save. Sophomore Lindsey Gordon (Wiscasset, Maine) came on to make a save in the second half to finish off the game.
Norwich outshot NVU-Johnson 34-2 in the game.
The Cadets return to action on Saturday, Sept. 21 with the final varsity sporting event of Bicentennial and Homecoming weekend as NU hosts Emmanuel at 6 p.m. in a GNAC matchup.