The Wells College women's soccer team didn't waste any time in showing its offensive prowess by scoring four times in a 4-1 season-opening victory at SUNY Canton on Thursday night. Freshman Emma Booth had two goals and an assist, and five Express players recorded at least one point in the game.
Two freshmen linked up to put Wells in front. Booth scored the only goal of the first half, which came in the 36th minute. Autumn McLain played a through ball that connected with Booth for the first goal of her collegiate career.
Wells scored twice in a span of 15 minutes in the second half to build a 3-0 lead. Madison Beriman scored her first goal of the year in the 64th minute on an assist from Booth, and then Booth added her second goal of the night by scoring in the 79th minute on an assist from Yanna Ososkalo.
In the final 10 minutes of the second half, Canton scored to make it 3-1, but Wells closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal by Mackenzie Maloney in the 85th minute.
Wells goalkeeper Kayleigh Hurley made two saves. The Express outshot Canton 21-8 and had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Thursday's game was a reversal of the 2015 season-opening game, also against SUNY Canton, which the Kangaroos won by a 3-2 score in Aurora. Additionally, in the 2015 season, Wells didn't score its fourth goal until the team's fifth game of the year. This is the first time that Wells has started its season with a win since 2008.
Wells will play Sunday at Cedar Crest, and then begin its home season Wednesday against Hartwick.