Mount Holyoke Sinks Coast Guard, 2-1

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 28, 2008) - Sophomore Yuko Takahashi and senior Emmy Fontaine netted goals for the Mount Holyoke College women's soccer team in its thrilling 2-1 triumph over the Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action today at the Mount Holyoke Soccer Field.

With their third straight win over the Bears, the Lyons (6-11-0, 3-6-0 NEWMAC) secured a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time since 2005, when they fell to Springfield College in the first round. They will take the field for a Quarterfinal Round contest on Saturday against a yet to be determined opponent. Time and location of the match will be announced at a later date. Coast Guard closed out its 2008 campaign with an overall record of 5-11-0. The Bears went 1-8-0 in league play.

The Lyons jumped out to a 1-0 edge just 4:22 into the contest, when Takahashi netted her team leading ninth tally of the fall. After intercepting a pass, the midfielder fired a shot from the right side of the box toward the lower left corner of the goal. Coast Guard first year goalkeeper Mary Mills got her hands on the ball, but it eventually trickled over the goal line and into the net.

Mount Holyoke extended its cushion to 2-0 on Fontaine's third goal of the season in the 27th minute. First year forward Emily Lomax was credited with the assist on the play, as her crossing pass from the right side found a wide open Fontaine in the middle of the box. The midfielder gathered the pass and blasted a shot past Mills into the lower left corner of the goal. It proved to be the second winner of the year for the Lyons lone senior, who was playing at home for the final time of her career. Prior to the match, Fontaine was honored for her contributions to the program of the past three years.

The first half was dominated by the hosts, who accumulated a 21-6 advantage in the shot column. Mills made several sprawling saves to keep the Bears within striking range entering the second stanza. Coast Guard was able to apply some pressure before the break but had no great scoring chances.

The Bears came on strong in the early stages of the second half. In the 47th minute, junior forward Katie Kurek broke past the Lyons defense and slipped a shot past junior goalkeeper Elaine Harvey from just outside the box. Her attempt rolled toward the goal and hit the post. On the rebound, a shot by senior defender Trish Ohle sailed high.

Ohle finally got the Bears on the board in the 51st minute. After collecting a long pass from first year midfielder Shannah Shelton on the left side, she dribbled into the box and ripped a shot past Harvey. Ohle's second marker of the fall sliced the deficit to 2-1.

From there, the teams went scoreless. Mills made several more outstanding saves to keep things close, but it was not enough for the Bears, who failed to qualify for the NEWMAC Tournament for the fifth season in a row.

Mount Holyoke finished with large advantages in both shots (30-15) and corner kick opportunities (15-2). Harvey made nine saves en route to her sixth win of the year. Mills took the loss despite stopping 15 shots.