When and Where: October 14, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: New Hampshire University 3, Saint Michael's College 0
Records: SNHU 10-2-2 (8-1-2 NE10), Saint Michael's 3-7-2 (2-7-1 NE10)
Senior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) scored for the fifth time in six matches to stake the Penmen to an early lead, as the 21st-ranked Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team blanked Saint Michael's College, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field on Homecoming.
Southern New Hampshire generated its first dangerous chance in the seventh minute when senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) slotted a through-ball to Luis, who tracked it down near the right end line before serving it across the goalmouth and to the far post, but a one-timed shot from fellow senior Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) went wide.
SNHU had another attempt early in the 10th minute when senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) sent a corner service toward the back post, but the header by sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) again went wide.
The Penmen jumped on the board in the 13th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick and Luis came through, finding the back of the net to make it 1-0.
The hosts would control most of the remainder of the half, but the score would remain 1-0 at the break.
Southern New Hampshire finally doubled its lead midway through the 59th minute when Maker sent a left-footed service from the left flank toward the far post where Benson elevated and drilled a header into the left side of the net to bump the lead to 2-0.
The Penmen struck again in the 67th minute when sophomore Emily Roan (Bridgewater, Mass.) delivered a corner service toward the back-half of the box where sophomore Hannah Chick (Amherst, N.H.) was able to put a leg on the ball and pop it past Saint Michael's goalkeeper Megan LeCours.
SNHU maintained pressure and nearly made it 4-0 in the 75th minute on a free kick from about 20 yards by freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.), but the ball she looped over the Saint Michael's wall of defenders was gobbled up by new 'keeper Lindsay St. Pierre.
Senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) stopped the only shot she faced. Lecours made five saves, while St. Pierre turned away all three shots that came her way.
- Southern New Hampshire reaches 10 wins for the third straight season.
- The Penmen have lost just once in its last 12 matches (9-1-2).
- SNHU has still not allowed a goal at home over 540:00 this season and has not given up a marker at Larkin Field in the last 569:34 dating back to Oct. 29 of last season.
- Southern New Hampshire is now 14-3-2 in the regular season, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season.
- The Penmen are outscoring their opponents, 27-8, on the season.
- The goal for Luis was her seventh of the season and 22nd of career, while Benson's was her fifth of the year and eighth in a Penmen uniform. Chick's marker was her first of the year and second of her career.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Michael's, 18-3, including 10-2 in the second half, while also holding a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
- SNHU is now outshooting its opponents, 265-106, on the season.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Oct. 17 (7 p.m.) when they play host to Assumption College at Larkin in a match that will air live on FOX College Sports. Fans are also encouraged to wear white as part of the Penmen White Out.
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