The St. Lawrence University women's soccer team improved to 4-0-1 with a 7-0 victory over SUNY Potsdam on Wednesday afternoon at Maxcy Hall Turf Field in Potsdam, NY. Sophomore forward Nyssa LaClair led the Saints with two goals, both assisted by first-year student Mimi Coppinger, while senior Stephanie Sayward, sophomores Mackenzie Collins and Meghan Ryan, and first-year students Emily DePoy and Hannah Calvelli each had added a goal.
"We started the game off a bit slow today, which is to be expected as it was out first midweek game," said head coach Franco Bari. "While I do have to give credit to Potsdam, they were disciplined and worked hard for a full 90 minutes and regardless of the result, they are much improved from years past. Needless to say, we were very crisp in the second half and really came to life. Our team responded to a few half time adjustments well and became much more dangerous."
Sayward opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the first half with her fourth goal of the season on an assist from junior midfielder Julia Friesen. Friesen broke through the back line and sent a precise pass to Sayward, who placed the ball in the lower corner. Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Erika Gobielle laid a ball across the 18 to Collins, who drilled a 25 yard shot over the keepers head to put the visitors up 2-0. In the 30th minute, Coppinger drove to the end line and sent the ball across to LaClair scored her first goal of the game to cap the scoring in the first half.
In the second half, DePoy scored the Saints' fourth of the night when she bent a corner kick into the top of the net in the 58th minute. Coppinger then recorded her second assist of the game when she sent a pass through the back line to LaClair, who recorded her second goal of the game to put the Saints up 5-0. With under ten minutes remaining, sophomore Meagan Gadzuk-Shea dribbled twenty yards down the line and drove the ball across to Ryan, who made a slashing run towards the goal to make it 6-0. First-year student Hannah Calvelli capped the scoring when she headed in a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Holly Wark.
Sophomore Alexandra Weatherbie earned the shutout victory as she made two saves for the Saints.
St. Lawrence has a pair of non-conference road games on the weekend. The Saints battled Nazareth College on the 15th at 3:00pm before taking on Elmira on the 16th at 1:00pm.