MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team scored two goals in the first 13 minutes and claimed a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon against American International in Northeast-10 Conference action at Melucci Field.
The Hawks finished the day with a 6-2-4 overall record and a 3-2-3 tilt against conference opponents. The Yellow Jackets fell to 4-6-1 and 2-3-1 in conference play.
After a foul in the box, senior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) sunk the penalty kick in to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.
The Hawks followed with another goal just two minutes later by a junior Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.). Senior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) sent a shot towards the goal, but was denied. Conti was there to gather the rebound and buried a shot into the back of the net.
Farina's goal moves her up the program's all-time points list, where she now sits sixth with 55. She also rankes fifth in career goals with 22.
"Bright start for the group today," said head coach Joel Bancroft. "Great composure from Caly on the first goal and great reaction from Bailey to bury the rebound on the second goal. I liked how we continued to attack and find opportunities in the first 45."
American International's Nicole Gamberoni cut the lead in half in the 82nd minute with a goal of her own. Time ran out on a Yellow Jackets comeback, as the Hawks earned the 2-1 victory.
"Second half we did not do ourselves any favors with our choices and execution," said Bancroft. "Made the game tight down the stretch. Happy to get the result against a very good American International side. Moving forward, we need to continue to improve our game management."
Saint Anselm and American International finished the game with 12 shots each. Junior Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded five saves en route to her sixth win of the season. Wildrick moved to ninth in the all-time saves list with 168 stops.
The Hawks travel to Pace (N.Y.) for a 6pm matchup on Saturday, Oct. 19.