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September 22, 2013

Eagles Soar Past Owls

POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College got two goals each from junior forward Katrina Ellis-Ferrara (Huletts Landing, N.Y.) and freshman forward Lauren Nesshoever (Rutland, Vt.) as the Eagles flew past the University of Maine at Presque Isle 4-1 in non-conference women's soccer on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Game Field.

Ellis-Ferrara opened the scoring in the 10th minute of play when she tapped in a crossing pass from Nesshoever who had sprinted down the left side and maneuvered around a defender to send the pass.

Nesshoever would get her own goal four minutes later when she ran onto a nice lob pass from sophomore teammate Maegan Laymon (Ilion, N.Y.) and chipped a 12 yard shot over the outstretched arms of Owls' sophomore keeper Amanda Larrabee.

The Eagles looked poised to keep pressuring the visitors, but it was UMPI (2-4-1) that responded at the 21:28 mark when sophomore midfielder Chelsea Nickerson put home a loose ball in the crease after the ball was misplayed by Eagles' sophomore keeper Amber Heath (Windsor, Vt.).

The Owls nearly evened the score at two midway through the second half when a Nickerson direct kick attempt sailed just right of the near post from about 22 yards out.

That seemed to awaken the Eagles' offense as Ellis-Ferrara and Nesshoever teamed up for another score.  This time it was Ellis-Ferrara who lobbed a ball into space for Nesshoever who sprinted onto the ball, made one move to evade the goalie and put home a shot in the 74th minute of play. Nesshoever's final goal was her NAC leading 10th goal of the season.

Ellis-Ferrara then followed a ball which was lobbed into the six-yard box by sophomore defender Sara Tucker (Alford, Mass.).  The Owls' goalie was unable to secure the ball on her first attempt and Ellis-Ferrara took advantage by pounding home the rebound to close out the scoring on the afternoon. Ellis-Ferrara's two-goal performance gave her goal number six and seven on the season and helped her keep pace with her teammate Nesshoever.

Heath (3-2-0) earned the victory for the Eagles making one save, while Larrabee took the loss in net for the Owls after making four stops.

Green Mountain (4-4-0, 0-1-0 NAC) will prepare for Family and Friends Weekend next weekend as the team will host Husson and Maine Maritime over the two days.  The Eagles will take on Husson on Saturday at 3:30 pm, then face Maine Maritime Sunday at 2:30 pm.  UMPI will next play on the road at Me.-Farmington tomorrow at 4 pm.

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