A pair of freshmen lifted the Vermont women's soccer team past visiting Bryant, 2-1, at Virtue Field on Sunday afternoon.Newcomer Alex Jenkins' first career goal in the 12th minute gave Vermont an early 1-0 lead. Alexandra Dezenzo served a low ball into the box and Jenkins was just a few yards off the goal line to one-time it into the back of the net.
Bryant evened the score in the 38th minute. Allison DeBenedictis slid a short pass to Ari Goldberg. Goldberg drove a shot from distance and it sailed into the upper 90 to get the Bulldogs on the board.
Vermont answered five minutes later in the 43rd minute. Nikki McFarland pounced on a ball after a turnover by a Bryant defender and the goalkeeper. She collected the ball and her shot from just inside the penalty box bounced into an empty net. McFarland's second goal of the year proved to be the game winner.
Both teams had chances in the second half. Lauren Viverito had to make six of her seven stops for Bryant in the second 45 minutes and Ally Ramos made seven of her career-high 11 saves in the second stanza.
Vermont moves to 3-5-1 overall, while Bryant falls to 4-5-0 on the year.
The Catamounts return to action on September 29 when they host Stony Brook at 1 p.m. in the America East opener at Virtue Field.
Courtesy: UVM Athletics
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