POUGHKEEPSIE – The Vassar College Women’s Soccer team moved to 3-0 at home in 2023 following a hard fought 2-1 non-conference win over Scranton on Saturday afternoon. Riley McGrath and Maddie Wolf supplied the goals with Wolf tallying for the first time in her career.
Vassar picks up its second straight victory over Scranton with the win and improves to 3-1 overall on the season, while Scranton drops to 1-2-1 through four contests.
Vassar scored both its goals prior to halftime, scoring once inside the first 16 minutes of the game and then again with less than five minutes to go before the intermission.
McGrath scored her team leading fourth goal of the season at the 15:02 mark of the match. She headed in a corner kick started by Rebecca Rodriguez to open the scoring in the game.
The Brewers maintained the one goal lead until the late stages of the first period when Wolf found the scoring column for the first time in her collegiate career.
Lindsey Nihei started a free kick to the right side of the box that Wolf finished off for the eventual game winning goal at 40:52.
Vassar controlled the opening 45 minutes, outshooting Scranton 10-4 to go along with a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
The visitors turned up the pressure in the second half and finally broke through in the 67th minute to slice their deficit in half.
Niamh Healy collected a loose ball, dribbled to the top of the box and unleashed a shot that found the top right corner at 66:01 for her third goal of the season.
The game remained 2-1 before the game was halted with just under 18 minutes left due to lightning.
Upon resumption of play, Scranton kept the pressure on, but was unable to find the game tying goal.
Scranton outshot Vassar 7-3 after halftime and took two of the three corner kicks in the half.
For The Brewers
McGrath scored for the third time in four games this season and leads the team with four goals and eight points.
Rodriguez picked up her team leading third assist of the season on the McGrath marker.
Wolf potted her first career goal, notching her first career game winning marker in the process.
Nihei recorded her first point of the season with a helper on the game winning goal.
Noelle Namba led the team with three shots, putting all three attempts on target.
McGrath, Grace Romano and Livy Soble all finished the game with two shots.
Teresa Zimmer earned the win in goal, matching her season-high with seven saves.
Zimmer has turned aside 15 shots to date in 2023 and holds a .789 save percentage and a 1.04 goals against average.
For The Royals
Healy finished the with the team’s lone goal, finishing the game with four shots.
Mary Haggerty added four other attempts, including three on goal.
Nicole Olson closed the afternoon with seven saves in goal for Scranton.
Vassar takes to the road to tussle with Western Connecticut on Wednesday.