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Warriors dominate nonleague foe before conference play
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In yet another dominating performance, the Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team completely overpowered Notre Dame de Namur  4-0 on Saturday night at Warrior Stadium.
Returning All-American Karenee Demery was part of three goals and Warrior veterans Marissa Dunaway, Bernie Bettencourt and Alexia Poon all scored to help their team to a 1-0-1 record.
For the second straight match, the Warriors were dominant on both sides of the ball. Saturday night, they outshot the Argonauts 37-5, with 15 shots on goal. This came after the lopsided match Thursday night, when Stanislaus outshot Central Washington 30-5 in a scoreless draw.
“We played aggressive attacking soccer tonight and it really paid off,” Stanislaus coach Gabriel Bolton said. “The goals we scored were fantastic.”
Dunaway got the scoring early, finishing a couple of nice passes from Bettencourt and Demery in the 8th minute mark. Demery then scored her first goal this season — 20th of her career — in the 28th minute to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Demery collected a rebound when Poon’s shot hit the crossbar.
In the second half, the Warriors had a one-player advantage after NDNU's Andrea Huerta received a red card (for grabbing a Warrior jersey and slamming the opponent into the ground after the whistle) just before the end of the first half.
Less than 9 minutes into the second half, Bettencourt found the back of the net after working with Demery and Dunaway on a triangle pass to make it 3-0.
The offensive outpour continued with Poon capping off the scoring in the 84th minute. After receiving a long punt from second goalie Brianna Murawski, Keshia Lyons one-touched the ball to Poon for the score.
"I was very pleased with our back line and the subs that came off the bench," Bolton said. "To play at a high level for 90 minutes and play 25 plays says a lot about the quality of players we have in the program."
Stanislaus outshot NDNU 19-4 in the first half and 18-1 in the second half. In 200 minutes of soccer over two matches, the Warriors have outshot their opponents with a staggeringly 67-10 advantage.
Millie Brown had two saves in the win for Stanislaus. She played the first 76-plus minutes of the match.
The Warriors, who are favored to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division, begin their conference season on Friday, when they host Humboldt State at 4:30 p.m.