COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team opened its home schedule with a 10-0 win against Lyndon State College in non-conference action at Duffy Field on Wednesday. The Purple Knights move to 1-1-1, while the Hornets slip to 1-2-1. Wednesday's 10-goal output marked the seventh time in program history that the squad scored in double figures and the first since Aug. 25, 2007.
Senior Cassie Chernicki (Hanson, Mass./Whitman-Hanson Regional) recorded a career-high six points on two goals and two assists for Saint Michael's, while classmate Meagan Brady (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley/Vermont) and junior Alyssa Keeler (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) both scored twice, with Brady also adding an assist. Senior Sabrina Marasco (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) posted a goal and an assist, while classmate Marianna Nowacki (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) and first-year Katie Miller (Mercersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) both had a goal. First-year goalkeeper Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) registered a three-save shutout in her first career game.
Sophomore Johanna Sargent made 18 saves for Lyndon State.
Brady buried the winning goal at 5:27 when she knocked in her own rebound for her first goal since Nov. 2, 2013, after missing last season with an injury. Chernicki then rattled off a pair of 25-yard strikes in a 1:27 span to give the Purple Knights a 3-0 lead after just 7:30 of play. Saint Michael's received another tally at 31:10 after a Lyndon State own goal. The Purple and Gold accounted for six second-half markers, with Marasco and Miller scoring at 48:26 and 52:03, respectively, for their first career goals. Brady netted her second goal of the day at 70:31 before Keeler booted home two tallies in just 57 seconds for her first career markers, beginning at 81:50. Keeler's bid for a hat trick was denied when Sargent made a diving save at 83:53. Nowacki rounded out the scoring with her first career tally at 84:52.
The Purple Knights head to regionally-ranked Merrimack College for their Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. Merrimack is ranked 10th in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) East Region poll.