Gophers Gain Control with Seven Goals in First 12 Minutes

Gophers Gain Control with Seven Goals in First 12 Minutes

Reifsnyder Sticks Four Goals, Picks Up Assist in First Half

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher gained immediate control of this afternoon's game against Virginia Wesleyan by scoring seven of the first eight goals of the contest. The 7-1 lead after just 12 minutes grew to 10-3 by the end of the first half and the Gophers went on to down the Marlins, 15-8.

Anneke Ossorio (Lafayette, Colo./Kent Denver School) provided Goucher with an early 1-0 lead by sticking a free position shot just 2:45 into the game and she added an unassisted goal approximately six and a half minutes later to put the home team up 5-1. Hannah Khin (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) also supplied the Gophers (3-2) with a pair of goals in the first half, but neither of Ossorio nor Khin could match the offensive production of Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas/St. Andrew's Episcopal) in the opening 30 minutes of play.

Reifsnyder tallied Goucher's second and third goals, sandwiching them around a goal by Nikki Salyers that got the Marlins (1-3) on the scoreboard for the first time. The junior midfielder had a third goal during the opening 7-1 run, later converted a free position shot to put the Gophers ahead 8-3 and then assisted Khin's goal with 1:23 remaining to complete her four-goal, one-assist effort and close out the scoring in the first half.

The Gophers, who finished with a 32-23 advantage in shots, opened the second half with a 4-1 run and assumed it largest lead of the contest on an unassisted goal by Ossorio that made the score 14-4 with 17:15 left to play. Four straight goals by the Marlins knocked their deficit down to 14-8, but Hannah Brown (Pinedale, Wyo./Dunn School) cashed in a free position shot right before the final horn to account for Goucher's 15th goal.

Ashley Shaner (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) went the distance in goal for the Gophers and made a total of 10 saves. Hannah Frallicciardi (Baltimore, Md./Pikesville) also came up big defensively in the non-conference victory as she was credited with four caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls.