When and Where: October 10, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Bentley University 2
Records: SNHU 10-3-0 (8-2-0 NE10), Bentley 3-5-3 (2-5-2 NE10)
Graduate student Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) dished a pair of assists and senior Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.) scored the eventual game-winning goal, as the 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team held off Bentley University, 3-2, Wednesday evening at Penmen Stadium.
- This was Crema's third multi-assist performance of the season and her second in the last three matches.
- Silvia's goal was her first of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Bentley began the scoring midway through the seventh minute when Brandi McDonald served a ball from the right that sailed toward the left post, where it caromed off Stephanie Helin into the box and to the foot of Alyssa Valente, who buried her chance to make it 1-0.
- Southern New Hampshire answered just 47 seconds later when Crema beat her defender 1-on-1, slipping the ball through her legs, before re-collecting the ball near the left post and sliding a pass across the box to freshman Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.), who punched it into the back of the net to even the score.
- The scoring outburst continued just 1:39 later when senior Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) delivered a long pass up the middle of the field and into the box for freshman Dorthea Glorud (Brumunddal, Norway), who found the back of the net to put the Penmen up, 2-1.
- SNHU had a great opportunity to go up by two early in the 37th minute when junior Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) put a free kick from just outside the box on net, but Bentley goalkeeper Renee Perkins was able to make the save. She allowed a juicy rebound, however, but went to the turf to stuff a follow-up attempt from junior Emily Roan (Bridgewater, Mass.).
- The Penmen went in front, 3-1, just over four minutes into the second half when Crema slid a quick pass to the middle of the field for Silvia, who split a pair of Bentley defenders and hit a rocket inside the right post from the top of the box.
- Bentley sliced its deficit in half in the 78th minute when Sammy Millman's corner service was tapped to Helin, who sent a low pass to the front of the net where it was redirected inside the far right post by Kelly Donlon.
- Roys had a chance to all but seal the match early in the 86th minute after receiving a slick feed from Crema, but her shot from the left side of the box rang off the near post.
- Bentley almost made that hurt within the final 10 seconds, getting into the box with the ball, but could not get off a shot.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ontario) made five saves, while Perkins stopped eight shots for the Falcons.
- SNHU outshot Bentley, 20-14, including 12-6 in the opening half.
- The Penmen also held a narrow 7-5 edge in corner kicks, including 4-1 in the first stanza.
- SNHU, which jumped back into the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll at No. 24 on Tuesday, has won seven of its last eight matches, including six straight.
- The six-game win streak matches the longest for the Penmen since Sept. 16-Oct. 3, 2015.
- Southern New Hampshire improves to 15-5-3 all-time against Bentley and is unbeaten in its last 12 matches (9-0-3) against the Falcons dating back to the 2008 season.
- Crema is now tied for the Northeast-10 lead with seven assists – one ahead of Carney.
- The Penmen are now 29-8-5 (.750) over their last 42 matches dating back to the 2016 campaign.
- SNHU also improves to 14-1-2 (.882) at home since the end of the 2016 season.
- The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Oct. 13 (2 p.m.) when they take on Saint Michael's College.
- The next home match for SNHU is Saturday, Oct. 20 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to Southern Connecticut State University at Penmen Stadium.
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