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Two Second-Half Goals Boost Saints To First League Victory

Two Second-Half Goals Boost Saints To First League Victory

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - The Marymount University women's soccer team hit the road Saturday afternoon to take on Atlantic East Conference foe Gwynedd Mercy University, putting away two second-half goals to secure the win, 2-1.

Marymount got off to a fast start with senior Karen Reyes finding the game's first opportunity on goal, but Griffin keeper Emily McCullough held strong between the pipes to keep the scoreboard clean.

As both sides battled for the ball, the Griffins were awarded a corner kick in the 27th minute and capitalized on the effort, taking a 1-0 advantage.

With a chance to tie the game before the half, senior Gretel Bonilla was denied low right by McCullough.

Just like the first half, Marymount started the second just as fast, capitalizing on this attempt in the 48th minute. Freshman Laney Placido fired a shot from 25-yards out off a free kick, beating the outstretched arms of McCullough to tie the game at 1-1.

With the Saints keeping up the high intensity, five minutes later, the eventual game winner was put away when sophomore Taylor Memon connected with Reyes inside the box, who scored on a low-left shot for a 2-1 lead.  

As time began to run out for the Griffins, sophomore goalkeeper Maia Pappadakis was there to deny the tying goal in the 85th minute.

Pappadakis earned the win in the net, recording three saves in 90 minutes. 

The Saints continue conference play on the road at Neumann University on Wednesday, October 16; first touch is set for 4 p.m.