RINDGE, N.H. – Corey Murray scored the opening goal but regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University scored three times in a 13-minute stretch in the first half to defeat the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team 3-1 on Saturday evening at Sodexo Field.
Murray netted her team-high third goal of the season in the 15th minute to put Saint Anselm (3-4-0, 1-4-0 NE10) on top. However, Franklin Pierce (4-1-1, 3-1-1 NE10) got goals from Marta Turmo, Nalina Valaydon and Nathalia da Silva in the space of 12:15 later in the opening half to take a 3-1 halftime lead that the hosts would protect the rest of the way. Franklin Pierce was ranked No. 7 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches East Region rankings.
With exactly 15 minutes played, Murray headed a Nicole White corner kick from the right inside the left post to put the Hawks on top. White's assist was her Northeast-10 Conference-high seventh of the season. The seven assists are the most by a Saint Anselm player since 2008 and are already the seventh-most in single-season program history.
In the 24th minute, the Ravens knotted it up at 1-1 when Turmo got in front of her mark and headed in a Gabi Pereira cross inside the right post for her second of the season. The hosts went in front a little more than six minutes later as Valaydon slotted in a Bruna Tavares cross from the penalty spot.
Franklin Pierce doubled its advantage in the 36th minute on a da Silva penalty kick after a hand ball in the box. Neither team scored in the second half as Payton Wildrick saved all five shots she faced after entering the game at the break.
The Ravens totaled 21 shots in the game to eight for the Hawks. Casey Cook improved to 4-1-1 for Franklin Pierce by making four saves. Elise Bouchard suffered the loss with three saves in the opening 45 minutes.
Saint Anselm returns to Melucci Field on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for a 4 p.m. NE10 matchup with Bentley.