Women's Soccer Routs Neumann, 8-0
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - After scoring just a single goal in its first three matches, the Swarthmore College women's soccer team (2-2) had no problem finding the back of the net on Sunday afternoon, as the Garnet crushed visiting Neumann University by a score of 8-0 from Clothier Field.
Junior Aly Passanante and sophomore Rehana Omardeen each scored twice for the Garnet, while senior Mariam Vonderheide finished with a goal and three assists. Junior Megan Brock, sophomore Ellen Bachmanhuff and freshman Melissa Trofa rounded out the Garnet goal scorers.
The eight-goal victory equals last season's Senior Day win over CCNY (9-1) as the largest margin of victory in the Todd Anckaitis era.
The flurry of goals began in the seventh minute of play when Passanante beat the keeper, with an assist from freshman Emily Gale. The Garnet offense continued the momentum in the 17th minute with a goal by first-year Trofa, assisted by Brock and freshman Amanda Bosworth. Vonderheide came off the bench in the 26th minute and wasted no time making her presence felt, adding a goal in the 28th minute, assisted by Trofa. With the half approaching, sophomore Bachmanhuff joined the scoring parade in the 44th minute.
Despite leading 4-0 at half, the Garnet did not let up in the second half. Passanante added her second goal of the match in the 49th minute, assisted by Vonderheide. Despite hitting the post with a shot in the 52nd minute, Brock was able to connect for her first goal of the season in the 54th minute, assisted by sophomore Elyse Tierney. The finally two tallies of the game were added by Omardeen in the 68th and 72nd minute, both assisted by Vonderheide.
While the offense impressed -- scoring on eight of the 15 shots on goal -- the stingy Garnet defense continued to flourish. The Knights did not record a shot on goal against any of the three keepers who played Sunday, including freshman Reba Magier, senior Beth Martin, and freshman Caela Long.
Swarthmore returns to the field on September 15th when it begins conference play at Franklin and Marshall. The game is set for 6 p.m.