SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Emily Ribatt was the complete package for the Wesleyan University women's soccer team on Wednesday evening.
The freshman midfielder registered a six-point performance during a 6-0 triumph over Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass., as Wesleyan improved to 3-0 in non-conference action with its third shutout victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (3-1-1,0-1-1 in NESCAC), who have outscored their opponents, 13-0, during their three victories, received at least one point from six different players, as the squad jumped all over the Lyons (2-5-0, 0-1-0 in NEWMAC) with a four-goal output in the opening 45 minutes.
- The six-goal victory is the largest win by the Cardinals since Sept. 21, 2010, when the squad also defeated Mount Holyoke by a 6-0 margin. The last time the Cardinals won a game by more than six goals was on Sept. 16, 2009, as the group defeated Smith College, 7-0.
- Junior captain Lauren Goetzman, who has showcased her endurance and organization skills in the midfield all season long, netted her first goal of the season and the game winner in the third minute, with Ribatt posting her first collegiate assist on the tally.
- Ribatt joined the fun in the 24th minute sending a shot into the back of the net off a great setup by junior midfielder Sophia Linguiti, who collected her first collegiate assist. Ribatt had more to say in the first half, as the Chestnut Hill, Mass. native snuck another shot into the back of the net 21 seconds later, giving the visitors a three-goal cushion. Linguiti orchestrated the scoring play, notching her second assist of the game.
- Sophomore Katie Frizzell, who has been a solid forward for Wesleyan since she stepped onto the field as a rookie, put her first collegiate goal into the back of the net in the 37th minute, assisted by junior forward Olivia Gorman, as the Cardinals went into intermission with a four-goal lead. Frizzell clearly liked the feeling, as she struck again in the 54th minute, netting the Wesleyan's sixth goal.
- Junior forward Mo Nelson put in her first goal of the season for Wesleyan, assisted by Ribatt, in the 51st minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore Zoe Cassels-Brown (3-1-1) continues to be impressive in net for Wesleyan, as she earned the win with one save in the opening 45 minutes. Senior captain Meg Hanan slammed the door shut in the second half for the visitors.
- Junior goalkeeper Amanda Manaster (2-5-0) was tagged with the loss for Mount Holyoke, despite posting a game-high 14 stops in 76 minutes, 50 seconds of action.
- The Cardinals held a commanding 29-2 advantage in shots and did not allow a single shot attempt in the second half. Wesleyan also held a 20-1 edge in shots on goal and a 6-2 lead in conrner kicks. The visitors committed 11 fouls and the hosts were guilty of two.
- Goetzman and Frizzell sent all four of their shots on net, respectively, while Bechtloff and Nelson each totaled four shots in the victory.
- The Cardinals will resume NESCAC Confrence play on Saturday with an 11 a.m. showdown against Bates at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.