DUDLEY, Mass.--Sophomore Alyssa Tosti netted the lone goal of the match and freshman goalkeeper Erica Carey claimed her first collegiate win to help lift host Nichols past the United States Coast Guard Academy in a non-conference women's soccer match played at Vendetti Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Bison earn their first win of the season and even out at 1-1-1 while the Bears dip to 0-3-0 on the year.
The first half ended in a 0-0 draw as Nichols claimed a slim 5-4 edge on shots and took the only corner of the stanza. Bears' backstop junior Devin Fellman made her only save of the contest in the 23rd minute of the match.
Following the intermission, Tosti booted the ball from 18 yards out off a feed from rookie Rhianna Llewellyn to give the Bison what proved to be the decisive marker in the 48th minute.
For the match, Coast Guard outshot the hosts 13-6 and took all three corners in the second half for a 3-1 advantage on the day.
In addition to collecting her first win, Carey posted her first career shutout for the Bison courtesy of a seven-save effort.
"We played flat, unsettled and played Nichols style of game and not our style of play," said Coast Guard head coach Susan Grant. "We didn't make the proper adjustments needed to gain the victory today as the communication broke down early in the game and that led to problems all over the field. We need to concentrate on the simple things that we are not currently executing and have that be our focus in the upcoming days."
Coast Guard is off until Wednesday when the Bears travel across town to take on Mitchell at 4 p.m.