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NU thrashes Towson, 4-0, for 10th shutout

Published: October 3, 2014

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- The Northeastern women's soccer team stayed perfect in CAA play (3-0-0) with a dominant 4-0 victory over Towson on Friday night at Parsons Field. Freshman Kayla Cappuzzo and redshirt sophomore Breeana Koemans each scored their first collegiate goals as the Huskies (8-3-2) earned their fourth straight win (all shutouts) and NCAA-leading 10th clean-sheet of the season. 

The Huskies have yet to allow a goal in three CAA matches and have outscored conference opponents by a 9-0 margin this season. Northeastern also netted four goals for the third time in 2014, just six days after hanging a four-spot on the road at Elon. 

The Red & Black shot out of the gates and went ahead just six minutes into the match on a beautiful build-up play from the midfield stripe. Freshman Carly Wilhelm drove forward on the left wing and slipped a through-ball to the corner for a sprinting Cappuzzo. The freshman then cut the ball back across the box with a beautiful lofted cross that found the head of senior Lahaina Zoller for her second goal of the season. 

The margin held until early in the second half when Northeastern elevated its game to a level Towson (3-6-2, 0-2-0 CAA) simply could not match. Off a scramble at the right of the Tigers' net, sophomore Carina Deandreis was able to nudge a pass in the direction of Cappuzzo, who toe-poked the ball into the net from close range to double the hosts' advantage in the 58th minute.

Just five minutes later, the ball was in the Towson net yet again. Senior Bianca Calderone played a perfect free kick into the Towson box to an unmarked Mackenzie Dowd, whose diving header tickled the twine inside the right post to make it 3-0 at the 62:17 mark. The goal was the third in as many games for the reigning CAA Player of the Week, who also netted against William & Mary and Elon last week. 

Koemans, who made her first start of the season Friday, was rewarded for an excellent performance when she picked off a pass in the Towson zone and whipped a shot into the upper right corner in the 84th minute to put the proverbial cherry on top. 

The Huskies outshot the Tigers, 14-2, and held a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Paige Burnett was tested only once on a mid-range shot by Sofia Read midway through the first half en route to her 23rd career shutout.

Northeastern will look to continue its red-hot play on Sunday when it welcomes James Madison in a rematch of the 2013 CAA championship game. Kickoff from Parsons Field is set for 1 p.m. Prior to the match, the Huskies will host a Score to Cure event to benefit pediatric cancer research. 

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