Lions devour Gators

by Beacon Staff • October 19, 2005

Eight different players contributed goals to the winning effort.,"Last Wednesday, the Emerson College women's soccer team continued its recent dominant run on Rotch Field. The Lions steamrolled Pine Manor College 10-0 and have been the victor in four of their last five games.

Eight different players contributed goals to the winning effort. Among those involved was junior Kristy Fortier, who tallied her first goal of the season.

"It's cool that I scored," Fortier said. "I hope there are more to come."

Fortier said she is not too worried about adding to her total though, noting that she "likes to assist anyway."

Head Coach Jason Tassinari said he was happy with the win, and, in particular, with Fortier's goal.

"Kristy is a such a great leader," said Tassinari, who mentioned that the lack of goal scoring seemed like it had been on Fortier's mind.

He also had compliments for the rest of his squad, who contributed in the lopsided victory.

"It's nice to see a lot of people get involved," Tassinari said.

And, indeed, many players were. Junior Keri Angus had two goals and an assist, including the first goal of each half. Sophomore Casey Whalen also contributed two goals. Senior and Beacon News Editor Amanda Pinto added a whopping five assists and junior Erica Coray had three.

"It's good to show there isn't just one person who gets all the goals," Fortier said.

Angus started the scoring in the first half, knocking a shot past Pine Manor goalie Jessica Graham.

Whalen scored the first of her two goals four minutes later and from there the Lions were off and running against a depleted Pine Manor team that was competing with a mere nine players.

By the end of the first half, the game was already 5-0, giving Tassinari an opportunity to work his bench into the contest.

"[A game like this] allows me to get everybody involved," he said.

Fortier added how impressed she was with the teamwork on the squad.

"It just goes to show how unselfish each one of us is," Fortier said.

Not to go unnoticed among the onslaught of scoring is the fact that Emerson's defense stonewalled the Pine Manor attack. The opposition managed only a single shot the entire game.

The attempt came in the second half against backup goaltender Ana Lowry, who made a clean save.

Fortier said the team has high aspirations for the rest of the season.

Tassinari said he also expects his team to perform well but cautioned against overconfidence.

"We knew Pine Manor was a little bit down this year," Tassinari said. "It can get you a little bit off your game [but] it will be important how we respond to tougher competition."

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