Teixeira’s Hat Trick leads Women's Soccer into NECC Semifinals

Kyra Teixeira

LEICESTER, Mass. --- Freshman defender Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn. / Lyme Old Lyme) scored three goals as the Becker College women's soccer team won 6-1 against visiting Bay Path University in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference Championship Tournament on Saturday at Alumni Field in Leicester.

The Hawks of Becker (11-9) got on the board in the 32nd minute when Teixeira, the reigning NECC Rookie of the Week, took a pass from junior forward Lindsey Keith (Sutton, Mass. / Sutton) and put it through for her eighth goal of the season. Just three minutes later, Keith found Teixeira again for the eventual game-winner at Becker went ahead 2-0. In the 41st minute, Keith took a pass from sophomore midfielder Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, N.H. / Exeter) and found the back of the net for her NECC-leading 21st goal of the season. The Hawks led 3-0 going into halftime.

In the 53rd minute, Teixeira completed the hat trick with an unassisted strike to put the hosts up 4-0. Five minutes later, junior midfielder Anja Russell (Cumberland, Maine / Greely) took a pass from junior midfielder Helena Ortiz (Memphis, Tenn. / Cordova) and tallied her second goal of the season. Sophomore forward Adrianna Lake (Fitchburg, Mass. / Montachusett Regional) closed out the Hawks scoring in the 67th minute when Nelson hit her with a pass for the sixth goal of the game.

The Wildcats of Bay Path (7-7-1) got on the board in the 70th minute when sophomore midfielder Joanna Feliciano (Springfield, Mass. / Renaissance) broke through for her fifth goal of the season.

Becker junior goalkeeper Jordyn Martel (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) recorded six saves in the near-shutout. Bay Path sophomore Caitlyn Esposito (East Haven, Conn. / East Haven) finished with seven stops. The Hawks outshot the Wildcats, 25-10.
With the victory, Becker advances to the NECC Semifinals. They'll go on the road on Wednesday, opponent and location to be announced.

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