WORCESTER, Mass. – A pair of second half goals scored against the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team proved to be the difference-maker in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the host Greyhounds from Assumption College.
The Hawks recorded their second loss of the season as they drop to 4-2-4 on the year and 1-2-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Assumption improved to 4-2-1 and 2-2-1 in conference play.
"Disappointing result today," said head coach Joel Bancroft. "When you take to the road and out-shoot your opponent, out-possess them and have an enormous disparity in corners, you expect to get more from that match."
After playing to a scoreless tie through the first half, Assumption netted two goals just over 10 minutes apart to take a 2-0 lead. Brooke Shatney scored first at the 53:48 mark on a penalty kick. Annie Irwin converted the second goal of the game for the Greyhounds, putting her team up 2-0 in the 65th minute.
"We did not cash in all that positive soccer onto the scoreboard, so we were always going to be vulnerable to a single play that does not go our way," said Bancroft. "That's what happened. Our incredible urgency once we went down needs to be from the first whistle. It's part of our maturation process."
Trailing 2-0 into the final 10 minutes of play, senior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) scored from about 10 yards out. However, the Hawks could not finish any further opportunities to bring the match even. Farina moved herself up the career goals list, tying former teammate Corey Murray '19 for seventh place with 19 career goals.
Junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) stopped six shots, extending her career saves number to 160. She is now six stops away from tying Kathryn Mullin '05 at 166.
Saint Anselm finished the day with a slim 13-12 shots advantage. The Hawks also had a 7-2 advantage on corner kicks.
The Hawks will stay on the road as they head to Franklin Pierce on Tuesday, Oct. 8 under the lights for a 7 p.m. matchup.