ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Dori Rizzo and Francesca Lee each had a brace to power the Rochester Lady Lancers to an emphatic 7-1 victory over the Worcester Smiles at Charles A. Schiano Field at Aquinas Institute on Sunday afternoon.
The win, the Lady Lancers’ first at home this season, kept their hopes alive of reaching the United Women’s Soccer playoffs with three matches remaining in the regular season. The Lancers, who are 1-1-2 at home, improved to 2-3-2 overall. Worcester dropped to 0-8.
The seven goals were a team record and the six-goal margin of victory tied the team record. The Lady Lancers defeated Worcester earlier this season 6-0.
“It was a must win game for us, for sure and the girls stepped it up,” head coach Sal Galvano said. “We gave them a challenge, they stepped up to it which was nice.”
After playing Friday night — a 2-1 defeat at Syracuse DA — Galvano said that he felt it was important to rotate the lineup and give an opportunity to players who haven’t play a lot this season.
Galvano made five changes to his Starting XI.
“It just shows the depth we have on the team,” he said. “Some of the players who didn’t play too much on Friday night played today. So, it good to see those players step up.
“It was good to watch the team step up with new players. What was nice to me was watching players who hadn’t played a lot step into a game, play almost 90 minutes, and still play at the level we want them to play. it shows what the depth we have. It was nice to watch everyone really contribute to the team.”
It took a while for Lady Lancers to score, but once they did, there was no stopping them.
Rizzo tallied her first goal in the 26th minute as Taylor Wingerden struck in the 38th minute.
Jada Sargeant scored her first goal of the season in the 39th minute to boost Rochester to a 3-0 halftime advantage.
The Lady Lancers continued their assault in the final half.
Only three minutes in, Rizzo, off a Sergeant assist, made it 4-0.
Then Francesca Lee scored twice sandwiched around a Worcester penalty kick in the 57th minute. Lee found the back of the net in the 55th and 57th minute as Rochester took a commanding 6-1 lead.
Leah Wengender put the finishing touches on the game by beating the goalkeeper with a chip shot from the top of the penalty area in the final minutes, her fourth goal this season.
Rochester will host the New England Mutiny in its final home match of the regular season at Aquinas Institute next Sunday at 2 p.m.