Women's soccer tripped up by Catawba in season-opener

SALISBURY, N.C. – A pair of penalty kick goals scored against the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team proved to be the difference-maker in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the host Indians from Catawba College.

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The Hawks fall to 0-1 in the early goings while Catawba, picked to finish sixth in the South Atlantic Conference, moves to 1-0. Saint Anselm will take on Belmont Abbey at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 1 to wrap up its southern state swing.

Jovana Sanchez converted both of her penalty kick opportunities in the game, the first of which came in the game's 32nd minute. The Hawks would tie the game only 3:24 into the second half but a foul by the Hawks late in the game led to Sanchez' second opportunity with only 3:45 left in regulation time.

Sophomore Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) notched her first collegiate goal just minutes into the second half, tying the game at one. Following a short corner by Saint Anselm, junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) one-touched a ball to her right that caught the foot of Conti, who slid the ball just inside the far post for the equalizer.

Farina nearly put the Hawks up by a 2-1 score in the 58th minute as an outstanding individual effort to maintain possession preceded a long-distance bender that struck the upper-90.

Sophomore Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) made four saves in the losing effort while Catawba's Shelby Thompson yielded only one goal on five shots to collect the victory.

The Indians held the statistical advantage in shots taken (10-7) and corner kicks (8-3).