Emmitsburg, Md. (October 14, 2018)--The Mount St. Mary's women's soccer team got an early goal from freshman Maddie Tchou, and then held on the rest of the way for a 1-0 victory over visiting Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium. Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Maggie Barron made eight saves to earn the clean sheet victory.
The Mount (3-7-3, 2-1-2 NEC) got on the scoreboard early in the first half. Jenna West made a run, and stuck with the ball before making a cross to the middle as Sacred Heart goalkeeper Nicole Sambuco was trying to reach the ball. West's cross to the middle went to a wide open Tchou, who buried the shot into the empty net for her fourth goal of the season just 3:39 into the game.
The Pioneers (3-12-0, 2-4-0 NEC) responded to the goal by putting heavy pressure on the Mountaineers throughout the half. Sacred Heart had a pair of shots go off the cross bar, while Barron made a couple of sensational saves to keep the Mount in the lead. Barron made a stop on Sacred Heart's Melanie DaSilva in the 18th minute, and then Danielle Karpiej and DaSilva each had shots go off the cross bar. Barrron made another save on DaSilva with just over eight minutes left in the half. The Mount had a great scoring chance late in the half when Jaylyn Chandler was able to get to the ball and chip it over Sambuco, but her shot went off the left post.
Barron came up huge in the second half, making the play of the game when she stopped an Alex Mesropyan penalty kick with 30:03 left in the game. Barron made a diving stop to her left on Meropyan's kick to keep the Pioneers off the scoreboard. Barron had one more bit of fortune as Emily Rosso saw her shot with 22:28 left hit the post.
Sacred Heart held an 18-to-9 advantage in shots in the game, including an 8-to-3 mark in shots on goal. Barron made eight saves for the Mountaineers while Sambuco had a pair of stops for the Pioneers. Sacred Heart also held an 8-to-3 advantage in corner kicks.
With the win, the Mount moves into fourth place in the NEC standings with eight points, ahead of fifth-place Bryant by one point.
The Mount is back in action on Friday, October 19, when they visit NEC leader Central Connecticut.