SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.-Junior Lindsay Duplessis scored a pair of goals the Coast Guard women's soccer team came away with a 3-2 victory over Mount Holyoke in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match-up on Tuesday night. Sophomore Sarah Hills' goal in the 56th minute proved to be the game winner for Coast Guard (6-7-1, 3-2-1 NEWMAC). For the Bears, it was their first win since 2005 against Mount Holyoke (5-9-1, 0-6-1 NEWMAC), snapping a string of seven consecutive losses to the Lyons.
Mount Holyoke struck first in the sixth minute when junior Kara Singleton scored to give the Lyons a 1-0 lead. After corralling a rebound after sophomore Ashleigh Hartsock had her shot saved by Coast Guard junior keeper Holly Moore, Singleton found the back of net for her first goal of the season.
Coast Guard would respond quickly with a strike from Duplessis in the 15th minute off a pass from freshman Terry Netusil.
The game would remain deadlocked at 1-1 for the remainder of the first half, despite 16 shots (11 for Coast Guard - five for Mount Holyoke).
Coast Guard would score first out of the halftime break when Duplessis tallied her third goal of the season and second of the game to put Coast Guard up 2-1. Hills would then strike just over five later with her fifth goal of the season to make the score 3-1 and add some much-needed insurance for the Bears.
The goal by Hills to put Coast Guard up by a pair would prove critical later on as Mount Holyoke used a 77th minute goal from Hartsock (her fourth of the year) to cut the deficit in half at 3-1. The goal came off a pass from Singleton, who recorded her sixth assist on the season.
Fresh off being named NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week and CGASPORTS.com Athlete of the Week, Moore made four saves on the evening for the Bears. None would prove to be bigger than in the 86th minute when she denied Hartsock the equalizer to preserve the one goal advantage for Coast Guard.
Freshman Alyssa Tabrisky made seven saves for the Lyons, but it wasn't quite enough as she dropped to 3-2-1 on the season. With the victory, Moore improved to 4-5-1 for Coast Guard since taking over full-time starter duties against Mitchell in the fourth match of the season.
Coast Guard returns to action on Tuesday, October 22nd when they host perennial NEWMAC power Wheaton at 7:00 p.m. at the CGA Track and Field Complex.