By Amie Canfield
RYE – Powered by a timely second-half goal, the College of Mount Saint Vincent notched a 2-1 victory over Vassar College in women’s soccer action on Thursday afternoon. It was the season-opener for both squads, which was played at Rye Country Day School.
Mount Saint Vincent opened the game’s scoring in the 25th minute as Alicia Rodriguez capitalized on a penalty kick for the Dolphins. The shot came in on Brewers keeper Teresa Zimmer, who got a hand on the ball, but it took a sharp bounce in for the 1-0 advantage.
The Brewers rebounded in the 31st minute behind the first score of the season from sophomore forward Madison Bouggess. As the Dolphins dribbled down the field, Vassar was able to get a touch and regain possession in the midfield. The ball was sent up to Bouggess, who ducked around a defender, booting a shot in from 20-yards out for the score.
Second half action saw the Brewers with a number of opportunities as junior forward Claire Karlin dropped a nice shot in on goal that was stopped just short by Dolphins keeper Javiera Sanchez. Despite the momentum, the home team capitalized in the 69th minute as Amanda Cotroneo sent a pass up to Emily McCarthy as she rifled the ball high and into the upper right corner of the net.
The Brewers continued to fight to tie things up, including in the 80th minute as senior defender Isabel Leinenweber dropped in a low shot on center that was quickly saved by Sanchez. Seven minutes later saw rookie midfielder Lindsey Nihei also fire in a shot, but the Dolphins keeper once again made the stop to give Mount Saint Vincent the eventual victory.
Vassar owned a 15-5 margin in shots for the contest, including a 9-4 edge on goal. The Brewers also led in corner kicks by a 3-2 advantage. In goal, Zimmer recorded two stops over the full 90 minutes. For the Dolphins, Sanchez held strong with seven saves for the victory.