The Hornets faced Colchester last Thursday at home and came away with a 3-0 win.
The game remained scoreless until a Colchester foul occurred around the 14-minute mark, which resulted in a 16-yard-hit. Jenna Puleo found her opening and knocked in Essex’s first goal of the game. A few minutes later Essex captain Siena Teare carried the ball from mid-field to the Colchester goal. With a well-placed shot she put Essex up by two. The Hornets attempted to increase their lead throughout the rest of the first half, but couldn’t land another successful shot.
This wasn’t the case for the second half as Teare, assisted by Puleo, scored the third Essex goal of the game.
With 10 minutes left on the clock Jessica Erdmann of Colchester took a shot at the Hornets’ goal, but the ball missed the net. However, the Lakers were awarded a 16-yard-hit. Erin Horton was given an opportunity to put Colchester on the scoreboard, but her shot went wide and rolled out of bounds.
Essex looked for more opportunities to score in the second half but the Lakers’ defense held up.
After home win, Essex headed to Burlington on Saturday. Again the Hornets were able to pull off a win with a final score of 2-0.
“Both games were good wins for us,” said Essex head coach Heather Garrow. “We are continuing to work on defensive positioning as well as transitioning between plays, and we saw improvements in both areas. We also had some different players score, which is great.”
The Hornets now 5-0-1, played Mount Mansfield on Wednesday and prepare to host Mount Abe on Friday.