CHICOPEE, Mass. – Elms College sophomore midfielder Michelle Rossignol (Manchester, Conn.) scored a pair of second half goals and the Blazers scored three times in the opening 11 minutes of the second half to help stake a 4-0 victory over the Sage Colleges in Friday afternoon's non-conference women's soccer game at Leary Field.
With the win, Elms and first-year head coach Sean Milbier begin the season 1-0, while Sage falls to 0-1 on the season.
Elms' junior midfielder Gina DiGiovanni (Springfield, Mass.) connected with a pass to sophomore forward Hannah Spring (South Hadley, Mass.) at the 32:55 mark of the first stanza and Spring finished with a blast to the far post to open the scoring and give the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
Elms edged Sage in shots in the first 45 minutes 5-4, highlighted by two saves each from Elms' junior net-minder Erika Aponte (Palmer, Mass.) and Gators' goalkeeper Teagan Waddingham (Coeymans Hollow, N.Y.).
In the second half, Elms stole a loose ball from a goal kick and senior forward Victoria Cebula (Granby, Mass.) found Rossignol who delivered her first strike of the contest into the net to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute of play.
Rossignol then scored on a corner kick service from sophomore midfielder Melissa Welch (Westfield, Mass.) at the 51:07 mark to extend the score to 3-0. Cebula then found the back of the net when Rossignol found junior midfielder Carmen Marino (Granby, Mass.) with a pass up the left wing and Marino crossed to Cebula who tapped in the goal to give Elms a commanding 4-0 advantage in the 57th minute.
Elms' sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Rinaudo (Bellmore, N.Y.) played the final 27:42 between the pipes for the Blazers and didn't need to make a save as Elms' solid defense held Sage to just one shot in the second frame.
Waddingham finished with eight saves in the losing effort for the Gators.
Elms returns to action on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8 at the Drew University Fall Festival in Madison, N.J. and will take on Ramapo at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in its next outing.