NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's soccer team scored three second half goals to upend Colby-Sawyer College 3-1 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action Wednesday night on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Colby-Sawyer's head coach Gene Smith who graduated from Norwich in 1998. However, it was Norwich's head coach, Heather Faasse, who ironically is a Colby-Sawyer graduate from 2015 that prevailed with the victory.
The win halted a seven-game winning streak by Colby-Sawyer (3-6-0, 1-2-0 GNAC) against the Cadets. The all-time series still remains in favor of the Chargers at 12-9-2. The last time Norwich prevailed at home was in 2011 when the Cadets emerged with a 4-1 victory at Howard Field.
The teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 through the opening half as neither team was able to generate a genuine scoring opportunity. The defense was aggressive handling offensive advances on both ends of the field. Much of the play occurred in the middle third of the field with teams earning a split of the possession.
Norwich (3-5-0, 2-1-0 GNAC) opened the scoring in the 54th minute when the Cadets lobbed a pass into the 18-yard box which was mishandled by the visitors' keeper. Senior defender Mary-Kait Mace (Canton, N.Y.) took the ensuing rebound and calmly deposited a shot into the back left of an empty net.
The Cadets doubled their lead in the 68th minute on a similar play. Senior forward Kaila Lemmer (Barnard, Vt.) nearly intercepted a back pass to the Chargers' keeper, but got just enough of the ball to deflect it off the goalie to junior midfielder Kyra Schoenfeld (South Hadley, Mass.) who tapped in the rebound.
Colby-Sawyer spoiled the shutout in the 75th minute with a tally off a set piece. Senior midfielder Molly MacLure (Westford, Mass.) sent a corner kick into the six-yard box which bounced off the leg of a Cadet defender right to freshman defender Alberti (Wilmington, Mass.) who tapped in a close range shot.
Norwich iced the game in the 88th minute as sophomore forward Karyssa Lachance (Gorham, N.H.) notched her fifth goal of the season off a pass from junior midfielder Sydney Rocheville (Salem, Mass.) by skipping a shot from the left side past a lunging Charger keeper on the near post.
Sophomore Kim Watt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) emerged victorious in net for the Cadets by making six saves. Senior Sam Mitchell (Chester, N.H.) stopped eight shots in net for the Chargers in the loss.
Norwich hits the road for its next GNAC contest on Saturday when the Cadets travel to Johnson and Wales for a match starting at 4 p.m. Colby-Sawyer will also be in action Saturday as the Chargers remain at home to host GNAC rival St. Joseph (Conn.) at noon.