BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomores Paige Haley (San Diego, Calif.) and Elizabeth Noble (Long Beach, Calif.) each notched a pair of goals to help pace the Emerson women's soccer team to a 6-1 non-conference rout over Me.-Farmington on Saturday afternoon at Rotch Field. Senior Elle Wierbicky (Gloucester, Mass.) and sophomore Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) also tallied goals for the Lions.
Emerson moves to 2-2, while Me. Farmington drops to 0-3.
Emerson kept Me.-Farmington freshman goalie Mikayla Cameron (Monmouth, Maine) on her toes in the first 17 minutes of the first half as the Lions spared little time creating scoring opportunities for themselves.
Within a span of 12 minutes, Haley sent three shots towards the goal that narrowly missed putting the Lions on top. Fourth times the charm was the name of the game as her fourth shot at 17:05 made its way into the bottom lefthand corner of the net with help from senior Natalie Benjamin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and put the Lions ahead 1-0.
The Lions continued to build onto its lead and powered out two more goals with 10 minutes remaining in the half. After Frost's initial shot was deflected off of Cameron's fingertips, the ball fell to the goalie's left and Noble headed the ball in to put Emerson up 2-0 (11:21). Freshman Veronica Alberts (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) crossed a pass from the top left side of the box to Frost as she fired the ball past Cameron to give Emerson the 3-0 cushion 10 minutes before halftime.
Strong man-to-man defense and offensive pressure from Emerson blanked Me.-Farmington in the shots category as the Lions outshot the Beavers, 12-0.
Much like the first half, the Beavers were still unable to figure out the speedy Purple & Yellow offense and found themselves in a 4-0 hole after 39 minutes of play. After Haley brought the ball up the right side, she crossed it Noble, who set herself up in front of the net and registered the fourth Lions goal (39:20). Haley followed up her assist with her second goal of the game at the 55 minute mark and extended Emerson's lead to 5-0.
The Beavers began to show some life midway through the second half and finally got on the board thanks to senior Bridget Humphrey (Jefferson, Me.) Humphrey welcomed Emerson freshman goalie Hannah Hodge (Gainesville, Ga.) into the game with a goal that was recovered off of a shot from freshman Eden LeBlanc (Dayton, Me.).
Emerson recovered after they allowed Me.-Farmington to get on the board and finished off the Beavers with its sixth goal in the 21st minute from Wierbicky to seal the 6-1 triumph.
Both Emerson and Me. Farmington return to the field on Tuesday. Emerson will host UMass-Boston at 6:00 p.m., while Me. Farmington returns home to take on St. Joseph's (Me.) at 4:00 p.m.