Knights Blanked By Roanoke in 2019 Opener

SALEM, VA. – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Soccer team opened the 2019 season on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to Roanoke in the opening game of the Roanoke Invitational. Junior Cyan Scott opened her Mount Saint Mary career with five saves in goal for the Knights.

After Mount Saint Mary recorded the first shot of the game, Roanoke recorded the next two shots and found the eventual game winning goal in the 18th minute. Off a corner kick at the 17:03 mark of the contest, Kathryn Van Orden tallied her first goal of the season off a start from Emma Woods to give the Maroons an early 1-0 lead.

After Alexa Franceschi was denied by Roanoke keeper Chris Martin in the 23rd minute, the Maroons doubled their lead at the 32:59 mark of the contest. Hailey Davis found the back of the net for Roanoke off a feed from Lucy Perry to give the hosts a two goal advantage heading into the intermission.

Roanoke finished the opening 45 minutes on Saturday with a 4-2 edge in shots and a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks. Both Scott and Martin made a pair of stops in the opening stanzas for their respective teams.

Roanoke took 11 of the 13 shots taken in the second half and potted the only goal of the stanza to finish off the three goal victory. Mia Clary scored her first of the year in the 64th minute with an assist from Davis to close out the scoring in the game.

Mount Saint Mary managed only four shots in the contest with Franceschi and Chrissy Cannella each posting a pair of attempts for the Knights. Cannella finished with one shot on goal, while both of Franceschi’s shots were on target.

Scott posted five saves in the game, including three in the second half. Martin picked up the win for the Maroons with three saves in just over 71 minutes of work.

Overall, Roanoke rounded out the day with the advantage in shots 15-4, shots on goal 8-3 and corner kicks 5-2.

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