Washington, D.C. – Marymount University’s women’s soccer team opened the 2011 season on a high note, defeating Trinity (D.C) 3-0 on Thursday afternoon. The victory is the first for the Saints to open a season since the 2008 campaign.
Putting a goal on the board early, Marymount (1-0-0) scored in the fifth minute at the 4:47 mark. Junior Katie Hamelin began the play from the middle, feeding sophomore Shannon Bisselink to the far right corner. Bisselink then sent an arcing cross into the box, finding junior Stephanie Flood for the first goal of the game and also the game winner.
The Saints would keep the pressure on, adding another tally less than five minutes later. Feeding a barrage of shots and crosses at the Tigers’ defense, the intensity was too much for Trinity (0-1-0) as one of its defenders missed a backline clear and found the back of her own net for an own goal.
Not finished just yet, MU would put the game away another four minutes later with 13:21 on the clock. Freshman Julie Fioramonti notched her first career goal courtesy of Bisselink’s second assist of the day on an almost identical cross from the day’s opening score.
In goal, freshmen Victoria Wyand (1-0-0) and Holly Wegner each played a half and hauled in one save each.
The Saints defense held the Tigers to just three shots on the day, both of them long-distance low-percentage attempts. On the flip side, the Saints pounded Trinity with 14 shots, including 10 of them on target.
Courtney Haines (0-1-0) collected seven saves in the loss.
Marymount returns to action over the weekend at the Bridgewater (Va.) Invitational. The Saints take on the host Eagles on Saturday before facing off against Ferrum on Sunday.