BUZZARDS BAY, Mass – Thursday night, the Buccaneers women's soccer team faced off against non-conference opponent Newbury College at Clean Harbors Stadium looking for their first win of the season against the Nighthawks. After 90 minutes of play, the Buccaneers were victorious by a final of 5-2 to improve to 1-4 on the season.
For the Buccaneers, sophomore Anna Deeley (Marstons Mills, Mass) netted three goals in the game. Brooke Miles (Lynn, Mass) scored her first goal of not only the season but of her career in the 76th minute. Junior Emma McNally (Mashpee, Mass) also scored her first goal of the season in the 83rd minute. The leading goal scorer for the Bucs on the season, Madison Taylor (Longmeadow, Mass) added a pair of assists on the night. Goalie Mikayla Houlihan (Middleboro, Mass) faced four shots on the night, saving two of them.
Nighthawks junior Amanda Cardoso (Watertown, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season. Freshman Twalesha Montague (Hartford, Conn.) also found the scoresheet for the Nighthawks with her second goal of 2018. Senior goalie Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished with 10 saves on the evening.
Cardoso started the scoring in the eighth minute, giving the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead. A Buccanneers turnover at midfield gave freshman Zariya Smith (Orlando, Fla.) a break on goal. Smith's shot was stopped from 15 yards out, but the rebound sat up for Cardoso, who beat the goalie to the near post for her first of the season.
The lead was shortlived as the Bucs tied the score at 1-1 in the ninth minute. Deeley was the beneficiary of a cross from the left wing. Her shot found the netting just inside the post, tying the game at 1-1.
It became 2-1 Bucs just minutes later in the 11th minute with Deeley again scoring on a cross, this time from the right side, giving the Bucs a 2-1 advantage.
The Nighthawks would fight back to tie the game at 2-2 on Montague's second of the season. The chance originated from a defensive end kick from Newbury. Montague gathered that free kick and was able to beat Houlihan, who was well off her line, tying the game.
The eventual game-winning goal came in the 76th minute with Miles scoring her first of 2018. A defensive zone turnover gave the Bucs the ball around 20 yards out. A cross came in and was unable to be cleared, freeing Miles to score the 3-2 goal in a virtually open goal.
McNally added a goal to make it 4-2 in the 83rd minute. Deeley finished the hat trick in the final minute, leading to the final of 5-2.
The Nighthawks fall to 1-6 this season and return to action with New England Collegiate Conference play on Saturday, hosting New England College at Medford High School at 3:00 p.m.
Portions of this release courtesy Mass Maritime Athletics