Murray, McCoole lead women's soccer past Nyack, 5-0

MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the second-straight game to start the season, the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team bagged five goals, as the Hawks blanked Nyack University 5-0 in a non-conference contest on Tuesday afternoon at Melucci Field.

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Corey Murray led the way with two goals and one assist, while Katelyn McCoole added a goal and an assist for Saint Anselm (2-0-0). The pair were joined on the score sheet by Delaney Bartol and Jessica Kaufman, with McCoole and Bartol grabbing the first goals of their careers in the win over Nyack (0-3-0). The consecutive five-goal games were the first for Saint Anselm since a 6-2 win at Pace on Oct. 11, 2008 and a 5-1 victory over Bentley on Oct. 15, 2008.

Bartol started the scoring in the 18th minute after a short corner from reigning Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week Nicole White. The pair exchanged passes before Bartol whipped in a ball from the right that went in over the goalkeeper's head. White's assist was her fifth in two games after matching the school record with four in Saint Anselm's opener on Sunday.

A little over eight minutes later, it was 2-0 after Murray calmly finished a breakaway after a long ball over the top from Alexis Elowitch. In the 32nd minute, Kaufman extended the Hawks' lead to 3-0, as McCoole's cross from the left made its way to the senior at the back post and Kaufman rifled it into the top-left corner.

Saint Anselm scored its fourth goal in less than 20 minutes of play in the 37th minute when McCoole was on hand to tap in a flicked on header from Murray off a Bailey Conti cross from the right flank. Murray scored the lone goal of the second half just 3:08 after the break, converting a rebound right in front after White's cross was turned on net by a Nyack defender.

Defensively, Saint Anselm held Nyack without a shot in the game, as Elise Bouchard and Payton Wildrick each played a scoreless half in net. Bouchard played the first half and was credited with the win. Greta Enloe made five stops for the Warriors but fell to 0-3-0 on the season.

The victory maintained Saint Anselm's perfect record in the head-to-head series between the two programs, which the Hawks lead 4-0-0. Saint Anselm opens NE10 play at Pace on Saturday, Sept. 9 in a noon kickoff.