Early goals bury Catamounts

The Vermont Women’s Soccer fell at the hands of the University of Buffalo 2-0 on Sept. 1 at Centennial Field. The Bulls came out strong, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes of the game, stunning Vermont. The Cats picked up their play in the second half, threatening several times, including a goal that ultimately did not count due to an offsides call. “We are here to win and every game gives us a better idea of what needs to improve before conference play,” Vermont head coach Kerry Dziczkaniec said. “We created some great opportunities today, we just need to continue to work hard, be positive and find a way to finish the chances we generate.” The first goal for the Bulls came in the 11th minute after Heidi Griffiths collected a thru ball and beat Vermont goalkeeper Eliza Bradley from 25 yards. Buffalo extended its lead to 2-0 on a volleyed shot by Jenessa Banwell in the 18th minute. The Catamounts frequently pushed the ball up to senior Cassandra VanLeeuwen who tried to get a shot off before the Bulls’ defense collapsed, but despite her many attempts, Vermont was unsuccessful in piercing through the Bulls’ defensive line. Midway through the second half of the game, Vermont started to send help forward in the form of sophomore defenseman Erin Pichiotino. “We play with four backs,” Pichiotino said. “And since we’re always talking, they let me go up as far as I need to and will call me back if I’m needed.” And get back UVM certainly did, with excellent recovery and support from not only the defensive line, but the mid-field as well. Senior captain Laura Carollo played well, constantly backing up her fellow players and pushing the ball up as much as possible. Freshman goalkeeper Bradley saved five shots for the Cats. “The girls all need to be leaders in the moment,” Dziczkaniec said. “That helps them keep up the enthusiasm and the mentality that we’re here to play well and win.” With the win, Buffalo improves to 2-1-0 on the season, while Vermont falls to 0-2-1. The Catamounts have a 10-day layoff before their next game against Sienna on Sept. 12 at Centennial Field. Look for Vermont to use the break in order to prepare and tighten up their team. “Every game experience helps us to prepare for the next 90 minutes,” said Dziczkaniec. “This is a process for us and we are making progress, we just can’t get frustrated with ourselves.”