Women’s soccer scores eight goals in conference opener

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Senior Veronica Alberts (right, No. 11) totaled two shots on goal and one assist in the team’s win against Mount Holyoke. Montse Landeros / Beacon Correspondent

By Hanna Hill

The women’s soccer team opened conference play Saturday afternoon with an 8-0 win against Mount Holyoke College. Sophomore forward Grace Cosgrove scored three goals and notched one assist.

The win places the team first in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference and continues its winning streak to four games.

Freshman midfielder Ainslee MacQuarrie, sophomore midfielder Grace Cosgrove,  sophomore midfielder Kayla McNamara, freshman midfielder Maire Bou Aziz, and freshman forward Alexa Ingersoll all contributed in goal scoring.

Despite the team’s lopsided victory against Mount Holyoke, Cosgrove said the Lions need to continue playing as a team to keep the momentum going.

“We must keep momentum and don’t let down steam,” Cosgrove said. “We have to keep finding the back of the net and capitalize on opportunities.” 

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Bou Aziz scored one goal, increasing her total goals this season to five, which ties her with Cosgrove.

MacQuarrie scored the third goal of the game and said the team needs to improve on its playstyle before the next game against Lesley University. 

“We need to be working on combo plays as well as finishing goals and set plays and executing plays,” MacQuarrie said. 

Head coach David Suvak said in order for the team to continue its style of play, the Lions must focus on each game individually.

“We just try to prepare for each opponent,” Suvak said. “The team played well and we had a game plan. I feel good about our first conference win.”

The Lions will host Lesley University in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.