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Local players help LeMoyne women's soccer win season opener

The LeMoyne College women's soccer team christened its new turf stadium with a lopsided win over Concordia College, 9-2, in a non-league match on Saturday afternoon.

In their season opener, the Dolphins, who feature several local players, dominated the Clippers from Westchester County from the start. LeMoyne led 3-0 at halftime then overwhelmed Concordia with six second half goals.

Sophomore midfielder Gabby Ariola (Mexico) scored a pair of unassisted goals, one in each half, to lead the Dolphins attack. LeMoyne peppered Concordia goalie Nicole Carroll with 18 first half shots and outshot the Clippers 35-18 for the game.

Marcellus graduates Rachel Farneti and Kellie Walter recorded assists in the win. Farneti was in on LeMoyne's first goal of the season as she delivered the ball to sophomore forward Christie Morano, who beat Carroll and punched the ball into the net at the 12-minute mark.

Morano (11 goals in 2009) was the Northeast-10 Conference Freshman of the Year last season.

Jennifer Fabian (Baldwinsville) contributed an unassisted goal in the second half. Fabian, a sophomore midfielder, scored on a shot inside the left post.

Local players Fabian, Ariola and Farneti were in LeMoyne's starting lineup against the Clippers as was midfielder Mell Cathcart (Faith Heritage) and defender Stephanie Bonzerato (Central Square).

Other local players seeing action for the Dolphins were Jordan Pelc (Auburn), Carly Bonzerato (Liverpool), Alicia Mazzella (Henninger) and Walter. Liverpool's Danielle Gannon did not play but is listed on the LeMoyne roster.

Former Baldwinsville goalkeeper Madison Gates is serving as an assistant coach to Tracey Leipold this year. Leipold enters her second season at the LeMoyne helm. Former LeMoyne player Molly Yaman (Homer) is a graduate assistant coach.

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