CLAREMONT – Well there was much more going on than just soccer during Thursday night’s matchup between the Stevens girls soccer team and Belmont, as the Cardinals celebrated both Senior and Breast Cancer Awareness Night before the opening whistle.
And while the Cardinals were heavy underdogs prior to the game with zero wins in their last eight outings, that quickly changed once play begin as the home team fought its way to an emotional 5-1 victory. A
nd it was junior Jazymn Griffin who came up clutch for Stevens putting the 9-3-1 Red Raiders in an early whole when she broke free from the defense before firing this shot into the back of the net less than seven minutes into the game. Griffen added her second score of the game on another breakaway later in the first half, and capped off an impressive hat trick with a third and final score late in the game.
Jenna Pond and Bethany McNamara also scored for the Cardinals, who now have just two games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
YCN News caught up with Stevens coach Tom Belaire after the game to ask about the significance of the win given everything that surrounded it.
The Cardinals need to make up a game against Newport early next week before closing out its regular-season schedule at Hopkinton on Thursday.