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Pleasant Valley’s Cartica dominates in Marist soccer win

POUGHKEEPSIE – Pleasant Valley’s own Alycia Cartica is making sure her last season as a Marist College women’s soccer player is a memorable one.

The Arlington High School graduate scored two goals Thursday night and assisted on two more, leading the Red Foxes to a 5-1 victory over UMass-Lowell in their home opener at Tenney Stadium.

Marist is now 1-1 on the season.

Cartica’s first goal of the night came less than 10 minutes into the game off a cross from senior Kylee McIntosh. McIntosh crossed the ball and senior Rycke Guiney faked the shot, leaving Cartica to find the upper right corner.
“I got a cross from my teammate, I told her to leave it and I got on the end of it,” said Cartica. “It was great to get a goal early in the game.”
The second goal of the night was scored by freshman Danielle Glazer. This is her first career goal. Cartica took a shot from the top of the box that was headed by junior Amanda Epstein. Glazer headed the rebound from Epstein into the net.

Junior Marissa Mertens scored the third goal off an assist from Cartica halfway through the first period.
Cartica scored her second goal of the night, unassisted, less than two minutes into the start of the second half. She dribbled up the left sideline and placed the ball nicely in between the goalkeeper and the post to give Marist a 4-0 lead.

“The first game is a big deal for us,” said McIntosh. “For a home game, our motto is ‘don’t lose on our home turf,’ and we definitely fulfilled that. We came out strong and with the lead we were able to get all the freshmen in and give them an opportunity to really experience what Division I soccer under the lights is all about.”

The Red Foxes head back on the road for their next two matches with a game at Duquesne on Sunday Sept. 1 at noon and Friday Sept. 6 at Hofstra at 7 p.m. Marist is back home on Sunday Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. against LIU Brooklyn at Tenney Stadium.

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