MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team defeated nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, handing the Penmen a 1-0 loss at Melucci Field.
Saint Anselm evens its overall record at 2-2 while improving to 2-0 within Northeast-10 Conference play. Southern New Hampshire, ranked 12th in all of NCAA Division II according to the United Soccer Coaches National Poll, falls to 3-2 on the season and to 1-1 against league foes.
Wednesday's result marks the first win over a nationally-ranked opponent for women's soccer since the Hawks toppled fourth-ranked Stonehill on Oct. 7, 2016. Saint Anselm also snaps a three-match losing streak to Southern New Hampshire while picking up its first regulation win over the Penmen since Oct. 18, 2011.
Junior Caly Farina's (Southbury, Conn.) second goal of the season stood up as the difference-maker only 21:19 into the contest. Supported to her right by senior Corey Murray (Scituate, Mass.), Farina picked up a right-to-left pass and fired the ball on keeper Hannah Rose. Unable to hold onto the rebound, the ball bounced off of a Penmen defender and rolled into the open net.
With the assist, Murray reached the 40-point plateau for her career. With 17 goals and six assists for 40 points (17-6=40), Murray ranks 14th all-time in career point production and needs only four additional points to crack the program's top-10 list.
The Hawks also had a great opportunity to capture a 2-0 lead late in regulation time. Senior midfielder Corinne Galarneau (Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada) lofted a ball from the right side toward goal where it was headed on frame by freshman Phoebe Alex (Acton, Mass.). The shot, however, rang off the crossbar and possession headed the other way.
Hawks goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) made a career-best 11 saves in the shutout while her teammates helped keep two would-be goals from the back of the net. Rose drew the loss, yielding the game-winning goal and making three saves.
The Penmen held the advantage in shots (20-to-13) and in corner kicks (8-to-4). Shae Roys and Allyson Patterson each fired four shots in the game, placing three on net.
The Hawks head to Adelphi on Saturday, Sept. 15, taking on the hosts at 3 p.m.