CASTLETON, Vt. – Early aggressive play, leading to three first-half goals led the Castleton University women's soccer team past the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers – 3-2 – on Senior Day, Sunday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton improves to 6-10-0 with the win, while Maine-Farmington falls to 3-11-0.
Scoring three times in the opening 26-plus minutes, Castleton surged out to an early lead and looked poised to blow the contest open. Yet, Maine-Farmington continued to battle, getting one back in the 35th minute and another at the 61:36 mark.
Coming off a two-goal performance on Saturday – a 4-3 overtime win over Eastern Connecticut State University – Makenzi Bellando added two more on Sunday. Kicking off the scoring effort for the Spartans, Bellando received the ball in the box from Bronwen Hopwood. After her original shot was saved by the UMF goalie, she stayed with the bouncing ball and put it away.
Less than 10 minutes later, Hopwood helped set up another goal, taking the ball up the near sideline before crossing it to Julia Carone on the left-wing side. Taking a quick step, Carone sent the ball back across the goal and into the upper right 90 to make it a 2-0 cushion.
Taking advantage of another loose ball, Bellando notched her second goal of the afternoon to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team. On the initial shot, Carone went up for a header, which clanked off of the crossbar. Bellando, in the right spot, punched the rebound in.
After Castleton took a 3-0 edge, Maine-Farmington's McKenna Brodeur scored twice to keep the Beavers in the game. Connecting from 20 yards out, she sent it into the upper left 90 on her first score before beating the keeper one-on-one later.
Loren Henderson earned the win in goal for the Spartans as she made two saves while playing all 90 minutes. The Beavers' Callie Hammer made 12 saves in the loss.
Castleton dominated offensively throughout, staking a 26-6 advantage in shots as well as a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Prior to the contest, Castleton recognized the four seniors on the roster – Kaitie Sanders, Bronwen Hopwood, Megan O'Shea and Kinnan Latremore – for their contributions to the program during their undergraduate careers.
Women's soccer returns to action on the road as it heads to face LEC rival Keene State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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