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Mustangs Drop 3-1 Decision to Lesley in Home Opener

Mustangs Drop 3-1 Decision to Lesley in Home Opener

NEWTON, Mass. – Hannah Brackett (Voorheesville, N.Y.) scored the first goal of the year for Mount Ida, but it wasn't enough to salvage a victory on Sunday afternoon as the Mustangs dropped their 2013 home opener 3-1 to Lesley University at Alumni Field.

Brackett was the beneficiary of a great ball delivered by junior Sierra Legge (Schodack Landing, N.Y.) from the corner flag. Senior Briana Tomaselli (Warwick, R.I.) was able to get her head to the ball on her first touch and then Brackett poked it over the goal line for her first collegiate marker. 

Legge and Tomaselli each picked up their first points of the year with assists on the play.

The visitors attempted 33 shots, 12 of them on goal, and held a 7-1 corner kick advantage, while Mount Ida managed eight shots, two of them on target.

"Despite the outcome of our first two games, we've played pretty well.  We started off quickly in both games, and then slowed down," said Head Coach Greg Hagan. "We can't continue to do that on a game to game basis -- we need to play 90 minutes of sound soccer and the wins will come."
 
Senior Veronica Halen (San Diego, Calif.) netted for the second time in the first two games for the Lynx, opening the game's scoring in the 24th minute with a rising blast of a loose ball in the box.

Despite being outshot 15-4 in the first half, the Mustangs did not concede again before the break, and when into halftime trailing 1-0.

Freshman Tara Coleman (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) doubled the Lynx advantage with her first collegiate goal in the 66th minute, looping the ball over the head of Mustang freshman goalie Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) from nearly forty yards out.

Beaulieu made seven saves in nearly 80 minutes of action between the pipes for Mount Ida. She was spelled by sophomore Alexis Gould (Leominster, Mass.), who made two stops in a clean final ten minutes of play.

Coleman would assist on the third goal of the day for Lesley, finding junior Alexis Giusti (Meridian, Calif.) in the 72nd minute. Giusti created space for herself and then found the back of the net from fifteen yards out on the left side to put the visitors up 3-0.

Brackett got the Mustangs on the board in the 81st minute, but, despite a late game surge, the home team was unable to break through and narrow the gap any further.  

"We've been able to create some quality opportunities through our first two games, and we haven't been able to find the back of the net," said Hagan. "The goals are going to come, we need to strengthen our attack and keep fighting."

The Lynx played a different goalkeeper each half, with Victoria Ellis (Laguna Beach, Calif.) earning her first win of the year with a scoreless first half in which she made one save.

Junior Emileigh Lloyd (Middletown, Pa.) played the last forty-five minutes and conceded one goal on the only shot she faced.  

Mount Ida will continue their two-game home-stand on Wednesday evening when they host Newbury at 7:00 pm.

Lesley continues a five-game road swing on Tuesday evening with a 6:30 pm game at Eastern Nazarene.