SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Sept. 3, 2017) – Senior Heidi Serna (West Covina, Calif./South Hills) and sophomore Ally Boots (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) scored to lead the Mercy College women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Southern Connecticut State University on Sunday afternoon at American International College.
The Mavericks (2-0) start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2014, while the Owls (0-2) remain winless on the year.
Serna had two shots on goal and sophomore Trista Seara (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) contributed an assist. Senior Ashley Price (Goodyear, Ariz./Millennium) made the start in net and made two saves to earn the win. Freshman Melissa Torres (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) played the second half in net and helped preserve the win.
Gillian Hotchkiss and Victoria Buonanni both recorded a shot on goal for Southern Connecticut. Gabrielle Arruda played the full 90 minutes in net and made two saves to take the loss.
After the Owls recorded the first two shots of the game, the Mavericks responded with three shots before Boots scored on a penalty kick following a Southern Connecticut foul to take a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Mercy wasted little time in tacking on an insurance goal as Serna took a throw-in from Seara and fired the ball into the net to increase the Mavericks lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute. Mercy maintained a 2-0 lead at halftime, holding a 7-3 edge in shots.
The second half saw the Mavericks have five shots, but the Mercy backline held their own and did not allow a shot on goal in the second stanza leading to the Mavericks coming away with a 2-0 victory.
Mercy held a 12-5 edge in shots on the day and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Head Coach Jonathan Feinstein and the Mavericks resume action on Thursday, September 7th when they play at Adelphi University at 6 p.m.