October 21, 2018--Maria Buonomo scored early in the second half to lift the Mount St. Mary's women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Wagner on Sunday afternoon. The Mount improves to 4-8-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the Northeast Conference with the win.
The Mountaineers had a corner kick early in the second half, and were able to capitalize for the go-ahead goal. Off the corner kick taken by Kayla Hughes, Buonomo was in position to get one past Wagner goalkeeper Katie Viscardi as the Mountaineers took a 2-1 lead. The Mount defense tightened up the rest of the way, holding the Seahawks to just one shot on goal the rest of the game.
Wagner (3-13-0, 1-6-0) grabbed the early lead when Peyton Beck connected on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute. Just three minutes later, the Mount's Jasmine McCree evened the score with her first goal of the season. McCree had a shot from just inside the box that went off Viscardi's hand, but was able to trickle past the goal line to make it 1-1.
Wagner held an 8-to-2 edge in shots in the opening half, but the Mountaineers owned a 7-to-3 edge in shots in the second stanza. Overall, Wagner held an 11-to-9 margin in shots. The Mount held a 5-to-4 edge in corner kicks. Maggie Barron made four saves in the win while Viscardi made one save for the Seahawks.
The win puts the Mountaineers in position to earn a spot in the NEC Tournament for the first time since 1997. Currently, the Mount is in fifth place with 11 points in the NEC standings, two points behind Saint Francis U, Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant, who are tied for second place, with the top four teams in NEC play earning a spot to the postseason tournament. The Mount hosts Bryant on Friday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus in the final game of the regular season for both teams. The Mount will clinch a bid to the tournament with a victory over the Bulldogs in that game.