Hamilton College's Cat Gambino '21 scored two goals for the second game in a row and the Continentals posted a 7-0 non-conference win against the Morrisville State Mustangs at Hamilton's Love Field on Tuesday.
Hamilton (5-2-1 overall) -- ranked eighth in the New England Region by the United Soccer Coaches -- remained unbeaten in its last four contests by outscoring its opponents 17-3. The Continentals started the day ranked fourth in Division III with an average of 14.29 shots on goal per game, ninth in shots per game (25.86), 19th in assists per game (2.71) and 26th in points per game (9).
Gambino did not waste any time scoring the eventual game-winner as she got Hamilton on the board just 2:33 after the opening kickoff. Hyla Mosher '23 intercepted a pass outside Morrisville's penalty box and one-touched a pass up to Gambino who split the defenders and placed a low shot into the left corner of the net.
Alex Fontana '20 made it 2-0 three minutes later. Mackenzie Christensen '22 stole the ball away along the left side and sent the ball up to Gambino. Gambino chipped a short ball into the box for Fontana, and she ripped a one-timer that tipped off the gloves of Marissa Curtis (13 saves) and into the nylon at 5:34.
Gambino tallied her season-high fifth point of the game at 8:14. Rylie Mutton '23 controlled the goalkeeper's punt at midfield, raced upfield and delivered a low pass through the defensive line for Gambino who buried the ball into the right side of the goal.
Hamilton had a 6-0 lead at the break thanks to goals by Olivia Rodrigues '21, Allie Reed '23 and Kendall Discenza '21. Ashlyn Gaulin '23 concluded the scoring in the second half with 19:20 remaining. Every Hamilton goal was credited with at least one assist, increasing the team's assists per game average to 3.5 and points per game to 10.75.
Rachel Pike '21 did not make a single save in the first half before Julia Rowland '21 took over in the second and made one save in the 63rd minute. The left-footed Tiffany Dicenzo took Morrisville's first corner kick of the day from the right side. The ball curled towards the goal mouth but Rowland denied entry.
Lydia Young relieved Curtis in the midst of the second half for Morrisville (4-6-0) and gobbled up 11 saves in just over 30 minutes.
The Continentals return to NESCAC play on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they travel to Brunswick, Maine, to take on the Bowdoin College Polar Bears at noon.