Women’s soccer battles Southern Conn. St. to a 1-1 draw on senior day

Women’s soccer battles Southern Conn. St. to a 1-1 draw on senior day

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team and Southern Connecticut State University played to a 1-1 draw in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Melucci Field.

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Prior to the match, the Hawks honored seniors Micaela Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.), Delaney Bartol (Newburyport, Mass.), Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.), Sophie Smith (Kingston, N.H.), Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.), and Roshelle Morrison (Limerick, Maine) for their careers at Saint Anselm.

With the tie, Saint Anselm is now 7-2-5 on the year and 4-2-4 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Owls conclude the day with an 8-5-2 record and a 5-3-2 mark in conference play. After Saturday's contest, the Hawks sit seventh in the conference standings with three matches left in the race for the NE10 postseason. The Owls are one spot ahead of Saint Anselm in sixth place with 17 points.

"Great performance by the team today," said Head Coach Joel Bancroft. "It is a difficult task to balance the emotions of Senior Day and get a result against a quality opponent like SCSU. I would like to thank all of the fans, families and alums that came out to support the team and especially our senior class on their day of celebration."

Nadine Hilkert put the Owls on the board first in the 16th minute of play off a corner kick by Marisa Grisell. The 1-0 lead held for the next 17 minutes until Saint Anselm benefited from an own goal scored by the Owls, tying the match at one in the 33rd minute.

In the 53rd minute of play, Farina nearly gave the Hawks their first lead of the game but clanked a shot off the far post which came back for the goalkeeper to scoop up. Later in the second half, junior Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) fired a hard shot towards the left side of the net but a diving Allie Smith denied it with a diving stop.

Neither team could find the twine in either overtime period. The Hawks controlled play, recording five shots compared to the visitors' three in extra time.

"I thought we started the game brightly and for the most part grabbed more and more of the game as it went on," said Bancroft. "A little unlucky to not come away with all three points. We will take the well earned point and start to prepare for our next match Wednesday."

Junior Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) held the Owls to only one goal, stopping five shots. Smith stopped four of Saint Anselm's shots on net. The Hawks ended the game with a 19-13 shots advantage.

The Hawks look ahead to Wednesday, Oct. 30 as they travel to cross-town rival Southern N.H. for a 5 p.m. matchup with the Penmen.