MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team played to a 3-3 draw against Le Moyne College on Saturday afternoon in a key Northeast-10 Conference matchup from Melucci Field.
The Hawks ended the day with a 4-1-3 record and a 1-1-2 mark in NE10 play. The Dolphins are now 1-5-1 and 0-1-1 in league play. Saint Anselm welcomes the Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.
With a total of six goals scored between both teams, Saint Anselm finished the match with a 17-13 shots advantage and seven corner kicks.
"Today gave us a little of everything," said head coach Joel Bancroft. "Again, credit the team for its resiliency to come from behind multiple times. All in all, I think the group is disappointed with the performance and I think is a healthy perspective. They want more and are comfortable enough to demand it from each other."
In the 11th minute of play, the Dolphins struck first as Reagan Sames headed the ball into the twine off a high corner kick. Sames' goal gave Le Moyne an early 1-0 lead before the Hawks responded in the 24th minute.
Senior Delaney Bartol (Newburyport, Mass.) drove up field and sent a pass through a line of defenders to the right side. Bartol found junior Erin Paquette (Collegeville, Pa.) who quickly dished to the open junior Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) on the other side of the box. Conti jumped up in the air and volleyed the ball into the net. In the process, Bartol recorded her first point of the 2019 season.
As the Hawks and Dolphins closed out the first half with a 1-1 deadlock, Saint Anselm controlled the match with eight shots compared to Le Moyne's three.
Hannah Trice-Brown opened the second half scoring in the 53rd minute with a goal of her own. Nine minutes later, senior Roshelle Morrison (Limerick, Maine) flicked a direct cross by senior Sophie Smith (Kingston, N.H.) into the top left corner of the goal to tie the match at two. Morrison registered her highest points total (4) in a single season after her goal. Smith broke her season-high points total with two this year.
The Hawks earned their first lead of the game in the 75th minute as Bartol dumped a pass toward the Le Moyne goal. Freshman Aly Fish (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) picked up the one-bounce pass and headed it into the wide open net. That goal was Fish's first collegiate tally of her career. As the Hawks led 3-2 in the final five minute, Katherine Stanard stopped the Hawks from earning a win with a long strike from outside the box that went just past the fingers of junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.).
"On one hand, you feel good that through your first eight games you have only lost once but one the other hand we wanted to secure three points today and fell short.," said Bancroft. "Credit goes to Le Moyne for making it a difficult day at the park for us."
Wildrick stopped four shots, earning a season record of 4-1-3. Wildrick is now two saves away from tying Micaela Smith '09 for 10th in all-time saves at Saint Anselm.