Women’s Soccer Kicks Off Homestand With a Bang


The Mercy Mavericks women’s soccer team opened its four-game home standoff right with two wins.

In-game one of the homestand,  goals from graduate student RaeAnn Ioannou and junior Kaitlyn Denning, the Mavericks women’s soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over ECC rival, Molloy College, on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.

Mercy had an 11-5 edge in shots taken.

Ioannou scored her third goal of the year and added an assist, with Denning scoring her first goal of the season.

Sophomore Jessica Hoyt dished out an assist while Junior Melissa Torres made one save to earn the win.

Mercy scored their first goal of the game soon after in the 19th minute when Ioannou blasted a Hoyt cross into the lower right corner of the net to put the Mavericks up, 1-0.

Mercy increased their lead to 2-0 in the 73rd minute when Ioannou fed a cross to Denning, who placed the shot into the right side netting of the goal to give the Mavericks an insurance goal.

Game two stared midfielder Jess Brandt and Denning. Brandt recorded a goal and an assist, providing the other goal scored by Denning.

Brandt in the 41st minute sent a beautiful long ball over the top of the defense, from beyond midfield, right into the path of Denning who just had the goalkeeper to beat. Mercy 1-0 lead at halftime, didn’t allow a single shot.

Brandt would cement the victory in the 66th minute when Natalia Elizarraras sent a cross from right to left into the box where Brandt just had to tap the ball in to make it 2-0.

Mercy held a 12-4 edge in shots taken.

The Mavericks (7-2) have won two games in a row, after taking a shock defeat to Daemen College less than two weeks ago.

Head Coach Danny Leon Jr. and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, October 12th when they host Southern Connecticut State at 12 p.m.