Chargers Stop No. 23 Dowling, 2-0, in Home Opener

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Moriah Saidel made 11 saves, and Monica Yanez (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) and Taylor Szyarto (Howell, N.J./Howell) each scored to lead the University of New Haven women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over No. 23 Dowling on Thursday afternoon at Kayo Field.

The University of New Haven women’s soccer team won a 2-0 victory over No. 23 Dowling on Thursday afternoon at Kayo Field.

With the win, the Chargers remain perfect at 3-0-0 and knock off a ranked opponent for the first time since tripping up No. 9 Dowling, 3-2, during the 2007 campaign. The Golden Lions, who are the defending East Coast Conference Champions and a 2011 NCAA Tournament participant, drop to 2-1-0 after their first loss of the fall.

Saidel’s 11 stops between the posts are the most by a New Haven keeper since Kim Taylor (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford ) ’12 turned away 14 Adelphi offerings on Oct. 27, 2010. The clean sheet was the second straight for Saidel and the Chargers, who blanked NYIT on Monday.

Yanez’s goal came in the 27th minute, as she took a feed from Marisa Garcia (Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) and beat Dowling goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo to put New Haven on top, 1-0.

Yanez has scored in each of the Chargers’ three matches thus far in 2012. The junior now has eight career markers and 22 total points. The assist was the first career point for Garcia, who made her collegiate debut in the match.

Another Charger got on the board for this first time in the 65th minute when Szyarto took a pass on the wing from Lucy Francisco (Lawrence, Mass./Lawrence ) and lofted a shot that sailed over Guglielmo, banked off of the far post and found the back of the net to extend the margin to 2-0.

Szyarto’s first career goal came courtesy of Francisco’s 11th assist and 45th point as a Charger. The senior’s next point will move her into the all-time top 10 in New Haven history.

Three more saves from Saidel over the last 16 minutes preserved the shutout and the New Haven victory over the nationally-ranked Golden Lions.

The Chargers were outshot 15-10 but held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks – all of which came in the second half.

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