Two Quick Strikes by Bison Downs Mustangs in Non-Conference Tilt
NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Isabelle Moody (Naugatuck, Conn.) gave Mount Ida a lead just a minute into their non-conference women's soccer matchup on Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field, but the Mustangs saw Nichols strike back with two goals late in the first half and emerge with a 2-1 victory.
Nichols junior Elizabeth Coleman (West Roxbury, Mass.) scored twice in a span of two and a half minutes as the first forty-five minutes wound down, after Moody had slotted the ball past the Bison keeper on a pass from junior Sierra Legge (Schodack Landing, N.Y.) just 92 seconds from the opening whistle.
Mount Ida (1-5) outshot their opponents 15-9 and could have opened the game with two or three goals. Moody was played into space just 16 seconds into the game but had her shot saved by Nichols goalie Sarah Whitestone (Dalton, Mass.), who made five stops in improving to 4-2 on the season.
Moody then got her head to one of Mount Ida's five corners in the third minute, but her attempt was blocked, as was the follow-up by teammate Ashley Ferreira (Ludlow, Mass.).
The Mustang back-line, including Britney Jones (Soquel, Calif.), Alex Lincoln (Stamford, Vt.), and Libby Andreasen (Gorham, Maine) stood firm in protecting their one goal lead through the bulk of the first half.
The difference in the game came on two strikes by Coleman, who collected her third and fourth goals of the year. She tallied first in the 38th minute, when she gathered the ball in the box and used her right foot to loop it over the head of Mustang freshman goalie Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.).
Two and a half minutes later, freshman Brooke Maher (North Attleboro, Mass.) played Coleman through into space where, one on one with the keeper, she beat Beaulieu to the top right corner.
The home team threatened again early in the second half, with Whitestone making stops on attempts by Legge and freshman Hannah Brackett (Voorheesville, N.Y.). An effort later in the half by Brackett was blocked by the Nichols defense, and several shots by Legge sailed either just wide of or over the woodwork.
Beaulieu made three saves for Mount Ida, who had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Each team was caught offside on two occasions.
The goal was Moody's first of the year, while Legge earns her third assist. For the Bison, the assist was Maher's first of her collegiate career.
Mount Ida will be back on Alumni Field on Sunday afternoon when they return to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play with a 2:00 pm game as part of a doubleheader against Rivier University.
The Bison (4-3) also pick up their conference play again on Saturday afternoon, when they host Wentworth Institute of Technology in a 2:00 pm Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) contest.