Hamburg, NY – The D'Youville women's soccer team got back on track with their second conference win of the season on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the host Hilbert Hawks by the final score of 3-0.
D'Youville's offense provided the early pressure, recording 4 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game. After several scoring chances, the Spartans broke through to take the lead. Rachel Hermanski (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) found her way through the Hilbert defense in the 24th minute and beat the keeper for her second goal of the season. Elizabeth Lyons (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) picked up the assist on the goal. The half would end with the Spartans still holding their 1-0 lead over the Hawks.
To begin the second half, D'Youville would record 8 shots in 10 minutes. The most threatening scoring chance came from Lyons, who rang a shot off the crossbar from inside the box. In the next 15 minutes, the Spartans would tally another 6 shots, with the final one coming off the foot of Kiernan Johnson (Cherry Valley, IL/Keith School), who also hit the crossbar.
Hermanski would strike again in the 73rd minute to double the Spartan's lead. Rachel received a ball from Melissa LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East) through the middle of the box and she added some cushion to D'Youville's lead, making the game 2-0.
Just over 10 minutes later, Lyons found the back of the net for her first goal of the season, bringing the score to 3-0. D'Youville would close out the final 4 minutes of the game without giving up another shot, clinching the shutout and giving the Spartans the 3-0 victory.
Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) recorded her third shutout of the season, making 6 saves on 6 shots. The Spartans rolled out a new-look defense, with Mikaylynn Tinnerman (Salamanca, NY/Salamanca) making her debut at center back. Emily Ward (Leonardsville, NY/Leonardsville) and Kailee Juzdowskj (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) moved to the outside as D'Youville deployed a back line of 3 defenders.
After playing defense all season long, Hermanski moved up the field and capitalized on her opportunities, leading the team with 7 shots and 6 shots on goal, scoring 2 goals. Also moving up from her defense position was Lyons, who played midfield and made an immediate impact. Liz had 4 shots as well as distributed the ball and saw the field extremely well, scoring a goal and recording 1 assist. Senior Ashley Long (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) assisted on Lyon's goal.
Nicole LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East) had 4 shots on goal with Rebecca Alvira (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy) and Melissa LaVere each recording 2 shots. Melissa assisted on Hermanski's second goal of the day.
The women will look to add to their AMCC win total on Saturday as they head to Penn State-Altoona to play the Lions at 3:15pm.