Pierson’s Four Goals Lift Women’s Soccer Over Hood
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University women’s soccer team claimed its second-straight Capital Athletic Conference victory with a 4-2 win over visiting Hood on Saturday. The Saints’ leading scorer, Paige Pierson, doubled her season goals total with a tremendous four on the day, the second most scored in a single game in program history.
Pierson put the Saints (3-3-0, 2-1-0 CAC) on the board early with her first goal coming in the seventh minute. Taking a pass across the box from Shannon Bisselink, she collected the perfectly placed ball and delivered it back across the goal to give Marymount the 1-0 lead.
Keeping the pressure on, Pierson added another goal minutes later at the 14:27 mark. Setting up on a free kick on the right side, she bent a hard left-footed shot around the Chargers’ (2-5-0, 0-2-0 CAC) defense that found its way home just inside the far post.
Completing the hat-trick in the first half, Pierson’s third score came on pure effort. Taking an outlet pass from Beth Wiggins midway in Marymount territory, she weaved through traffic and streaked the length of the field to beat the Hood keeper one-on-one for the score.
The Chargers would keep things close, cutting the deficit to 3-1 before the half on a goal by Cara Jordan. She would add another score early in the second to keep Hood close and narrow the margin to 3-2.
Looking to put the game away, Pierson recorded her fourth goal in the 67th minute. Jaimie Nguyen launched a free kick from the middle of the field to Pierson on the left side, who in turn headed in the cushion goal.
Marymount’s defense was stout, anchored by the back line of Nguyen, Jillian Goldstein and Krysti Hartman. The Chargers managed 20 total shots but were forced into multiple low percentage, long distance attempts thanks to the defensive pressure.
Between the pipes, Candice Lane collected six saves in the opening frame while Gaby Prellezo picked up three in the second stanza.
Marymount returns to action on Tuesday, September 21, at 5 p.m. on the road at Frostburg State in CAC play.