Play of Women’s Soccer Seniors Punctuates 4-1 Senior Night Win Over Saint Anselm


When and Where: October 28, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Southern New Hampshire University 4, Saint Anselm College 1
SNHU 11-3-2 (9-2-2 Northeast-10), Saint Anselm 7-9-1 (5-8-0 Northeast-10)

Senior Megan Hanna (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist as one of four seniors to record a point in the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team's 4-1 Senior Night victory against crosstown rival Saint Anselm College on a wet and dreary Wednesday evening at Larkin Field.

Hanna gave the Penmen an early 1-0 lead just 4:21 into the match when she received a cross from fellow senior Gabby Cappello (Andover, Mass.) and tucked a long shot just inside the left post.

Southern New Hampshire doubled its lead in the final second of the 11th minute as Cappello again dished the helper, dropping a pass across the top of the box for sophomore Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.), who sent a low roller off the inside of the left post and into the back of the net.

Saint Anselm sliced its deficit in half in the first second of the 34th minute when a deep drive from Nicole Rust hit off the crossbar and may have grabbed a piece of junior goalkeeper Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Mass.) before caroming straight down where Corey Murray popped the ball into the open net.

SNHU re-gained its two-goal lead midway through the 50th minute when senior Morgan Branco (Norton, Mass.) sent a bomb from 30 yards that made it over the head of Saint Anselm goalkeeper Cassie Quattropani.

The Penmen capped the scoring on an absolutely beautiful play in the 73rd minute. Hanna ran onto a pass on the left side of the box and instead of shooting, sent a cross to the right where senior Alyssa Balboni (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) put a diving header into the top right corner of the net.

Scanlon made three saves for the Penmen, while Quattropani turned away two shots for Saint Anselm. SNHU outshot the Hawks, 9-7, while Saint Anselm held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

- The win gives Southern New Hampshire two more points and a commanding 16-2 lead against Saint Anselm in the Queen City Cup standings.
-The Penmen are now unbeaten in their last four matches and have won three straight.
-Luis has now scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season and the second time in her career (Oct. 16-19, 2013).

What's Next:
The Penmen wrap up the regular season Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. when they travel to Adelphi University for a Halloween matchup. A win will give Southern New Hampshire the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship, while a tie or loss will seed the Penmen fourth.

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