CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- Alicia Grenier tied a career high with four goals, three in the second half, and Beth Deegan added two goals as Cory Kinsella's Gators breezed by Southern Vermont, 7-1, for its first win of 2009.
“Alicia’s movement off the ball was pretty good, and that put her in position to score,” said the third-year coach of the Gators, which lead just 2-1 at halftime. Grenier (right) put the Gators (1-1-0, 0-1-0 GNAC) on the board in the first minute with a shot that deflected into the middle of the net off the cross bar. Shawnee Webster's second score of the season in the 22nd minute tied the contest 1-1, where it remained until the final minutes of the half.
Tucker Garcia directed a ball off a Margaret Roberts corner kick to freshman Sivan Thammachak inside the goalkeeper box, and the freshman knocked it past Brandi Cain for her first career goal, putting Pine Manor up 2-1 at halftime.
The second half belonged to the Gators from the outset, particularly to Grenier and Deegan, the latter of whom dribbled to within 10 yards and beat new Mountaineers (0-2-0) keeper Amber Mulhern to go ahead 3-1.
“She stepped it up in the midfield today after playing in the back line on Wednesday,” Kinsella said of Deegan. “She created a number of opportunities up top. She gave us chances.”
Grenier's second goal came from 20 yards into the top right corner of the net, and the Gators leading returning scorer completed her second career hat trick less than three minutes later, at 64:29.
Deegan's second goal of the game put Pine Manor ahead 6-1, and Grenier added her fourth goal in the final minutes on a beautiful shot with her left foot to the bottom right corner of the net.
The sophomore duo has been quite troublesome to the Mountaineers in their young careers. Last September, Deegan and Grenier combined for seven points in another six-goal Gators victory, 6-0 at Southern Vermont.
Pine Manor continues its four-game season-opening homestand on Tuesday against Newbury at 4 p.m.
Sat, September 5, 2009
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