When and Where: September 6, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Post University 0
Records: SNHU 2-1 , Post 0-3
Senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) produced a four-point performance as the 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team blanked Post University, 3-0, on a drizzly Wednesday afternoon at Larkin Field.
Benson scored a goal and dished two assists, which are a career high during her Penmen career.
Southern New Hampshire drew first blood late in the 10th minute when Benson's corner service from the right side ricocheted off the near post and straight out toward the top of the box, where sophomore Shae Roys (Billerica, Mass.) walked onto the ball and sent a low shot into the back of the net.
Another whacky play involving a Benson corner service gave the Penmen a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute. Benson again booted the ball from the right side and it sailed toward the left post before caroming off a Post defender and into the goalmouth.
Senior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) nearly made it a three-goal game midway through the 31st minute when her back-to-back, point-blank shots were turned aside by Post goalkeeper Hannah Richards. SNHU had another chance two minutes later when freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) turned and hit a quick shot toward the wide-open middle of the net, but a Post defender was back there to clear it off the line.
The Penmen wasted no time in the second half making it 3-0 as they again struck off a corner kick just 1:35 in. Benson served the ball from the left side into the near side of the box, where it quickly deflected off Luis and right to junior Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.), who knocked it into the middle of the net from directly in front on the left side of the 6-yard box.
Luis nearly found the back of the net late in the 65th minute as her direct kick from 30 yards drilled off the crossbar and set up a rebound attempt for her, but Richards was again there to turn her away.
Senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) did not need to make a save, but was forced to handle pressure on a couple of occasions. Richards stopped 10 shots for Post.
- SNHU held a massive 35-0 advantage in shots, as well as an 8-1 margin in corner kicks.
- The 35 shots were the most in a single game for the Penmen since they outshot Concordia (N.Y.) College, 47-1, on Sept. 5, 2010.
- The Penmen are outscoring their opponents, 6-2, through the first three matches of the season.
- Roys' strike was her first of the year and fourth of her career, while Benson's was her second of the season and the fifth of her career. Humphreys' tally was also her first of the year and seventh in a Penmen uniform.
- It was the second shutout of the season for Salmon and the seventh of her career.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 9 (11 a.m.) when they take on Le Moyne College in their Northeast-10 opener. SNHU is back home Wednesday, Sept. 13 (4 p.m.) when it plays host to crosstown rival Saint Anselm College at Larkin.
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