MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team finished non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Post University at Melucci Field.
After today's victory, the Hawks have recorded their best start in program history, going without a loss in the team's first five matches. Saint Anselm improved to 3-0-2 and will host the Panthers of Adelphi University on Saturday, Sept. 21 for a 1 p.m. matchup. The Eagles fall to 0-2-2 on the year.
The Hawks came out firing out of the opening whistle as sophomore Regan Pratt (Newburyport, Mass.) sunk the game's first goal just 19 seconds into the contest. After the Eagles' goalkeeper attempted to clear the ball after a save, Pratt intercepted the pass and scored.
"I am very proud of the team today," said head coach Joel Bancroft. "For Regan to put us ahead so early, it allowed us to settle in. We were just a little sharper today in the attacking third and that allowed us to score a few goals."
Saint Anselm kept the momentum going, logging 10 of the next 11 shots with three on frame. That offensive push spanned 31 minutes before the Hawks were able to covert and put another tally on the scoreboard. Saint Anselm expanded their lead to 2-0 as senior Roshelle Morrison (Limerick, Maine) picked up a clear by the goalkeeper and buried the shot into the back of the net in the game's 39th minute.
As both teams headed into the halftime break, Saint Anselm held a 14-1 shots advantage with five corner kicks.
"I am glad that we were able to find a few moments to capitalize," said Bancroft. "We continue to find new challenges within every match. We continue to grow and gain confidence. It was great to be at home in front of a large mid-week crowd. We are grateful for all the support."
After a battle in the box, junior Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) increased the Hawks' lead to 3-0 in the 52nd minute. Nine minutes later, the Eagles would score in their own net, adding onto the Hawks lead.
However, Post would not go quietly, scoring a minute later off a turnover in the Hawks' backfield. Lydia Asamoah would have a one-on-one with junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) and convert for the goal.
Wildrick made a single save which came in the first half. Sophomore Mackenzie O'Neill (Lynnfield, Mass.) would make her first appearance in goal this season, finishing the game out in the last eight minutes.