Women’s soccer cruises past Mitchell 5-0

NEW LONDON, Conn.-The Coast Guard women's soccer team, led by sophomore Caroline Eastman's two goals, notched a 5-0 victory over Mitchell College in the first game of the 2013 Conn. College/CGA Tournament. With the victory Coast Guard moves back to .500 on the season at 2-2-0, while the loss drops Mitchell to 0-2-0 on the year.

Coast Guard out-shot Mitchell College 28-0 in the contest and four different players tallied goals for the Bears. The Mariners started just eight field players in the game as freshman Shirley Palmer recorded 12 saves for Mitchell in the contest.

Coast Guard struck first in the 28th minute when sophomore Sarah Hills broke free and buried a 16-yard blast from the middle of the box into the back of the netting. In the 32nd minute of action, the Bears doubled their lead. Fellow sophomore Hanna Jansson delivered a long lead pass down the right sideline and Eastman beat Palmer from the right side of the box to make it a 2-0 contest.

Less than a minute later, sophomore Madison Ahlers tacked on another goal for Coast Guard. The Bears added two more goals in the opening half, courtesy of Eastman again and freshman Caitlin Piker as Coast Guard was able to close out the 5-0 win.

Junior Holly Moore worked the entire game in goal to pick up the shutout victory - her first of the season - for Coast Guard.

Head coach Susan Grant was very pleased with the overall effort of her squad on the afternoon. "It was nice to get a few goals after being shut out on Wednesday against Lasell. Hopefully the attack will continue to build and confidence and work well together in our upcoming games."

After being able to do a lot of different things in the course of the game, she continued by saying "today we had the ability to play some players in different positions to give us more options down the road in the schedule. We hope the win today gives us momentum to have a successful team performance tomorrow at home against UMass Dartmouth."

The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 when they take on UMass Dartmouth in their home opener at the CGA Track Complex.

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