NEW LONDON, Conn. – A strong second half fueled Elms College to a 5-0 victory over Mitchell College on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference women's soccer action at Alumni Field.
A total of five Elms players found the back of the net in the contest. The Blazers led 1-0 at halftime but struck for four goals over the final 45 minutes to improve to 7-4-1 overall (3-1-0 NECC).
The contest was scoreless until Gigi Thibault (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) scored off a feed from Reilly Jodoin (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) in the 38th minute to put Elms in front before the halftime whistle. The goal was her first of the season.
The Blazers added to the margin with a pair of headers—both off corner kicks—during a 3:17 stretch early in the second stanza. Kelsey Shea (Belchertown, Mass./Belchertown) finished from right in front of the goal in the 59th minute for her first tally of the season. Sydney Goodwin (Lawrence, Mass./Greater Lawrence Technical) soon followed with a shot at the far post in the 62nd minute for her fourth goal of year, tying her for the team lead. Both goals were assisted by Haley Richard (Monson, Mass./Monson).
Shannon Denault (Chicopee, Mass./Chicopee) added a goal in the 74th minute off a well-played ball from Jordan Bailey (Monson, Mass./Monson) for her third marker of the season. Sam Manchino (Chicopee, Mass./St. Mary's Academy) completed the scoring with her first goal of the year in the 87th minute courtesy of an assist from Danielle Asklar (Berlin, Conn./Berlin).
The Blazers held a commanding 35-4 edge in total shots. Elms goalkeeper Rebecca Molin (West Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic) didn't face a shot on goal en route to her third shutout of the season. Mitchell keeper Drew Johndrow (Killingly, Conn./Killingly) made 11 saves against the barrage.
Mitchell (1-9-0 overall, 0-4-0 NECC) will next play at Southern Vermont College on Wednesday, October 10 at 3:30 p.m. Elms returns to action at Newbury College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.