RINDGE, N.H. – Senior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) logged her second goal of the game only 22 seconds into overtime, lifting the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday.
Saint Anselm improves to 5-2-4 overall and to 2-2-4 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents, downing regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce for only the third time in program history. Ranked eighth in the East Region, Franklin Pierce falls to 4-5-1 overall and to 3-4 against league opponents. The reigning NE10 Champions had never lost to the Hawks at home prior to Tuesday.
Farina scored two goals in a game for the third time and finds herself tied with Jennifer Pearl '11 for fifth all-time in team history with 21 career goals.
Shortly into overtime, a strong offensive charge by the Hawks allowed Farina to collect the ball and sink the game-winning tally in overtime, sending the Hawks into celebration.
"The team fought like lions tonight," said Head Coach Joel Bancroft. "I am so happy for them as they are so deserving of this win. They have played some really good soccer but have been a little snake bitten in our last few matches. It is easy to lose your resolve, but they never have. We are starting to get healthy and that helped us tonight. Not many teams come to Franklin Pierce and leave with a result. That's a credit to their staff and players. They are champions for all the right reasons."
Farina started the Hawks scoring in the 42nd minute as she buried a goal after receiving a through ball from sophomore Regan Pratt (Newburyport, Mass.), giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead at halftime. Franklin Pierce answered in the 58th minute as Ciersten Palumbo rolled in the equalizer to tie the match at one.
Despite the loss, Franklin Pierce finished the match with a 14-9 shots advantage. The Ravens also had double the amount of corners than the Hawks, 8-4.
Junior goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) stopped three shots and improved to 5-2-4 on the year. Franklin Pierce's goalkeeper, Casey Kane, had four saves on the night.
The Hawks will bring momentum back to Melucci Field as they go head-to-head against American International on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m.