Emmitsburg, Md. (September 28, 2012)--Sophomore Alicia Mirando scored a pair of first-half goals to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 2-1 win over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson in Northeast Conference women's soccer action on Friday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.
Mirando, who leads the Mount with six goals this season, opened the scoring 5:59 into the game when she took a pass from Andrea Bujacich and beat Fairleigh Dickinson goalkeeper Sage DoVale to put the Mount (6-4, 1-1 NEC) ahead. The play started on a Jackie Corley corner kick that went to Bujacich, who tapped the ball back out to Mirando to set up the shot.
The Mountaineers made it 2-0 in the 27th minute when Mirando took a long feed from Keriann McGettigan and finished the play for her second goal of the contest.
Corley had a chance to extend the lead early in the second half on a breakaway, but her shot to the right-side of the goal rang off the goalpost.
The Knights (3-6-3, 0-3-0 NEC) fought back, cutting the deficit in half on Rachel Hoekstra's goal with just under 28 minutes left in the game. The Mount, however, was able to hold off FDU down the stretch to earn the win.
Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bourne made three saves in the second half, including a pair in the final two minutes. Fellow freshman Vicky Cocozza played the first half, making five saves while not allowing a goal in the opening 45 minutes.
Fairleigh Dickinson held a 15-to-10 edge in shots in the game while the Mount had an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Mount is now 6-4 on the season, marking the best start in program history at the 10-game mark of the season.
Mirando scored two goals in a game for the second time this season and the third time in her career. It was the sixth time this season the Mountaineers have had a player score two or more goals in a game. The 1994 team had seven players record multiple-goal games, the most in program history.
Mount St. Mary's hosts Navy on Sunday, September 30, with a 1:00 p.m. game at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. The Mount will honor its 20th Anniversary team at halftime of that game.