MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team downed the regionally-ranked College of Saint Rose, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action from Melucci Field.
The Hawks have won five-straight matches, improving to 7-5 overall and to 7-3 in conference play. With all five matches during the winning streak coming against league opponents, the Hawks accomplished that feat for the first time since the 1997 season. The Golden Knights, ranked seventh in the latest United Soccer Coaches' East Region poll, fall to 9-3-2 and 7-3-1 in league action. The last time the Hawks defeated the Golden Knights was back on Oct. 11, 2014, when Saint Rose was ranked No. 1 in all of NCAA Division II.
Saint Anselm women's soccer Head Coach, Joel Bancroft, had plenty positive thoughts following the win.
"To a player, we worked extremely hard to get a big result today," said Bancroft. "Saint Rose is very athletic and talented and it was always going to take a complete team effort to find our way to three points. We had a great build up to this match in terms of preparation," Bancroft went on to explain. "This group loves to be together and compete. It's fun to watch them grow together."
Bancroft also said the support of the fans really helped out in a big way today.
"The support today was outstanding," said Bancroft. "It really got us through some tough patches. Many thanks to the fans for coming out."
Sophomore Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season in the 74th minute and it held up as the game-winner. The ball bounced from head to head through the box before settling in front of Conti, who fired the ball into the upper half of the net.
The Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. After receiving a pass from midfield, junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) dribbled through the middle of the 18, tipping a pass to classmate Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.). Larocque beat her defender, tapping the ball by the keeper for her second marker of the season.
The Golden Knights wasted little time getting back into the game, tying the game 38 seconds later. A drive by Nina Predanic from the left side was initially stopped by sophomore Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.). However, Sanja Ratkovic was there for the loose ball rebound, knotting the game at one. Saint Anselm put six more shots on net in the first half, but could not break through Golden Knights' keeper Marika Laurendeau.
Each team managed just five shots in the opening 26 minutes of the second half, none going on net, until the go-ahead goal by Conti. Saint Rose managed just one shot that went high at the 79:33 mark of the second half for the remainder of the game.
Saint Anselm held an 18-7 advantage in shots, including 8-3 in the second half. The hosts also had an 8-2 edge on corner kicks in the game. Wildrick finished the game with a single save in net.
The Hawks host Stonehill College on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Grappone Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Saint Anselm will be honoring the team's Class of 2019 prior to the game.