Women's Soccer Holds Off Stonehill, 2-1



THE BASICS:

- Score: Assumption 2, Stonehill 1

- Records: Assumption (3-0, 1-0 NE10); Stonehill (2-3, 0-2 NE10)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Multi-Sport Stadium)

- The Lead: The Assumption College women's soccer team opened NE10 Conference play with a huge win over the reigning NE10 champion Stonehill, where Senior Amanda Arnold (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy) and junior Kallie Villemaire (Plattsburgh, N.Y. / Beekmantown) each recorded a goal and an assist.


HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Villemaire started back up from where she left off at the East Region Crossover Challenge, scoring in the 12th minute of the opening first half. The junior received a pass from Arnold on the left side of the box, before slotting it past the keeper for her seventh goal of the season.

- Assumption dominated the pace of play in the first half, holding all of the scoring opportunities and a 5-1 shot advantage on goal.

- Just under four minutes into the second half, Arnold doubled the Hounds tally as she collected a header from Villemaire, turned and ripped a shot off of the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.

- Stonehill picked up their sense of urgency down two goals, as a header by freshman Alex Giardina beat sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Nason (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy), but sophomore Emily MacDonald (Ludlow, Mass. / The Williston Northampton School) was on the post to clear it out.

- Stonehill ended Assumption's bid for a third straight shutout when freshman Nicole Garfield fired a shot from 25 yards out that dipped over Nason's outstretched arms, bringing the Skyhawks to within a goal of the lead.

- The defense held firm from then on, as Nason made a few superb saves to keep the Hounds 2-1 lead intact.

 
BEHIND THE NUMBERS:

- Nason started in goal for the Hounds and played the whole game, earning the win to improve to 3-0 on the season.

- Assumption outshot Stonehill 16-to-15 and held a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.

- The Hounds open up NE10 play with a win for the second consecutive season.


QUOTE FROM THE COACH:

"I thought we had an overall good team performance. We got a couple of chances and put a few of them away. Tonight's game was a battle and Stonehill is a very good team. We're excited to get that first conference win under our belt especially on our home field." – Head Coach Grace Barnard


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