AURORA, N.Y. -The SUNY IT Wildcats exploded for five goals in the second half en route to a 5-2 victory over the Wells College women’s soccer team in North Eastern Athletic Conference action (NEAC) Saturday afternoon in Aurora. Nicole Dinnitto paced the Wildcats notching a hat trick, while teammate Abbey Hanehan chipped in with two goals. Paige Stone (Madison, N.Y.) led the Express with one goal and one assist, while Cassie Smythe (Eden, N.Y.) finished with six saves in the loss. With the victory the Wildcats improve to 6-7 (5-3) while the Express fall to 4-9 (2-5).
The two squads played to a scoreless first half and would save their offense for the second half. Hanehan opened the scoring in the 50th minute scoring an unassisted goal to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Express responded with two straight goals from Stone and Charlee Weidman (New Berlin, N.Y.) to take a 2-1 lead.
The lead would be short lived as the Wildcats squared things up at 2-2 on Hanehan’s second goal of the game. It would be all Wildcats from there as Dinnitto netted three straight goals over the final 35 minutes, including two goal in space of less than 40 seconds, to lead the Wildcats past Wells.
Wells held the advantage in shots 15-12 and corner kicks 1-0.
The Express return to action on Thursday when the travel to take on NEAC opponent Keuka College at 7 p.m. in Keuka Park, N.Y.