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BENNINGTON -- A first half hat-trick by Southern Vermont College senior Kaitlyn Forant helped lead the Mountaineers to a 7-0 New England Collegiate Conference win over Daniel Webster College on Saturday afternoon on Everett Field.
SVC started the scoring early after controlling the ball and pressuring up high, working the play through the middle. Forant notched her first to put the Mountaineers on the board after she collected a nice pass from the right side off the foot Arlington grad Mazie Holton, taking a touch in the middle of the box and slotted it in for her second of the season. Moments later, junior Michelle Flores put home her first of the year, heading in a corner from Jocelyn Ortega to double the lead.
Flores then recorded her first assist, finding junior Lixsa Arlet Sandoval who ran on and finished for her first of the season. Shortly after, Forant put away her second of the day in the 17th minute and then found herself with an open net to complete the hat-trick with 25:25 to go in the half.
The Mountaineers would press and keep working the formation in the second, again controlling the pace with midfield connections. Two more goals late in the half by Ortega sealed the 7-0 victory.
Mountaineer sophomore keeper Katie Raymond made one save in the first half for the win (2-6-1) as Holton took over in the second to complete the shutout.
SVC score with two seconds left propels Mountaineers
BENNINGTON -- In a thrilling double overtime men’s soccer match, the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers defeated Daniel Webster College 3-2 in New England Collegiate Conference action Saturday.
SVC sophomore Ruben Olivares notched the game-winner with two seconds to play in the second overtime off an assist from Erik Argueta.
With under 30 seconds to play, Southern Vermont started to transition through the midfield, and Argueta put a header past the DWC defense for Olivares to run on and slot it home before the final horn.
After a scoreless first half that saw each team miss on scoring chances, the second half saw a slew of action that included four goals, six cautions and one ejection.
The Eagles scored first when Joey Morgan took a ball in from the left side and beat Mountaineer keeper Chris Dunham with his first of the season to break the deadlock in the 56th minute.
Southern Vermont equalized with 9:26 to play as Pierre Massena buried a shot past Eagle keeper Sean Hamilton for his second of the year.
DWC immediately responded three minutes later as Richard Eaton laced a shot that deflected off the left post and across the goal line for the 2-1 advantage with 6:30 to play, his first collegiate tally. Mountaineer senior Derek Snow wasted no time in tying it again, scoring his fourth of the season less than a minute later.
After a scoreless overtime, Southern Vermont found the winner with seconds left.
Dunham finished with 11 saves for his first win of the season.
Volleyball wins in five
BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College saw its New England Collegiate Conference defending champion women’s volleyball team pick up where it left off in 2012 in league play, defeating Regis College 3-2 Saturday night in a rematch of last year’s conference championship.
The Mountaineers move to 4-6 on the season with the win, 1-0 in NECC play. Regis falls to 6-13, 0-1 in the conference.
Southern Vermont took the match with game scores of 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, and 15-8.
After splitting the first two sets, Regis responded by just edging SVC in the third set, but the Mountaineers were able to take the fourth to push the contest to the deciding frame.
Jessica Delgado led all players with 26 kills while adding 22 digs. Senior libero Vanessa Ruelas led the team with 23 digs while setter Sheilani Kaleopla assisted on 45 of the team’s 56 kills. Carrie Baltazar had a solid night with 14 kills and only three errors on 49 attempts for a .224 hitting percentage.
For Regis, Vanessa Noesi led the team with 15 kills while senior libero Sara Gold recorded a match-high 28 digs.
Cross-country teams see personal bests
CASTLETON -- The Southern Vermont College men’s cross country team saw impressive results Saturday at the Vermont State Championship hosted by Castleton State College as the group finished fifth in the eight-team field.
Each of the six Mountaineers who competed set personal bests as two climbed up the College’s all-time top 10 list on a great fall afternoon laden with sunshine and temperatures conducive to setting good times.
Herson Canta led Southern Vermont with a time of 27:52, moving him up to fourth on the school’s list, and good enough for ninth overall in the 71-man field. He was followed by Victor Velazquez who came through in 23rd at 28:56, the eighth-best in school history.
Just under a minute behind was sophomore Cameron Curtiss finishing in 29:53, a PR by more than a minute.
"We had a great week with two challenging work-outs," said head coach Kathleen Newton. "We are getting stronger and fitter each week, and the team pack is getting closer and stronger each meet."
The women’s team finished seventh overall, led by Schyler McGuire who placed 12th in the 73-woman field with a time of 22:10. Behind her was Haley Omasta finishing in 23:21, good enough for 27th overall.
Division II Saint Michael’s College dominated the race as the first four runners across the line were members of the Purple Knights’ group.