When and Where: November 2, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score: Assumption College 2, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Assumption 11-6-2, SNHU 14-4-2
The 23rd-ranked and second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team generated a bevy of offensive chances, but sixth-seeded Assumption College scored its second straight upset with a 2-0 victory Friday evening at Penmen Stadium to advance to the Northeast-10 Championship final.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Assumption put the Penmen back on their heels with a 16th-minute strike from the NE10's leading goal scorer, Kallie Villemaire. Brooke Shatney delivered a ball into the near side of the box from the left flank, with Villemaire collecting it, turning and firing a low shot that made it past freshman goalkeeper Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ontario) and into the right side of the net.
- The first solid Southern New Hampshire chance came just over two minutes later when sophomore Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) played a ball into the right side of the box for junior Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.), who struck a quick shot from a tough angle that was gathered by Assumption goalkeeper Alexis Nason.
- SNHU kept the pressure on late in the 19th minute, with Patterson blasting a shot from the top of the box that Nason jumped and punched off the crossbar, before it ricocheted out of play.
- Midway through the 26th minute, junior Emily Roan (Bridgewater, Mass.) added to the Penmen chances with a curling shot from the left side of the box that forced Nason to make a diving stop on at the near post.
- Southern New Hampshire again nearly tied it in the 53rd minute when graduate student Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) delivered a pass from the left endline into the middle of the box for Roys, but the one-timed shot sailed just over the crossbar.
- Assumption doubled its lead under a minute later when Ania Spina played a long thru-ball up the middle of the field for Shatney, who slotted a low shot around Rose, off the near left post and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
- The Penmen again knocked on the door in the 65th minute, with Crema floating a corner service in from the right toward the left post, but the header from sophomore Lydia Kinsman (Granville, Mass.) went just wide.
- Roys played a ball into Crema in the 71st minute, but her left-footed chip from the edge of the 6-yard box rolled just wide the near left post.
- Crema again generated an opportunity early in the 79th minute with a shot from the left side of the box, but Nason elevated and extended to her left while snatching the ball out of the air as it sailed toward the far post.
- Just over a minute later, freshman Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.) tried to volley a bouncing ball on the right side of the box, but the ball ricocheted off the turf and wide.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Rose made one save, while Nason turned away all seven shots she faced.
- The Penmen outshot the Greyhounds, 26-4, including 16-2 in the second half. Assumption scored on two of its three shots on goal.
- SNHU also owned a 12-0 advantage in corner kicks.
- SNHU, which is ranked 23rd in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll, had entered the day unbeaten in 13 of its last 14, including 12 straight.
- Assumption, which had lost to SNHU on penalty kicks in last season's NE10 semifinal, advances to its first final since 2014.
- Southern New Hampshire was trying to become the first team to win back-to-back NE10 titles since the College of Saint Rose in 2013 and 2014.
- SNHU is now 8-8-1 (.500) all-time in the Northeast-10 Championship and had its four-match unbeaten streak snapped.
- The Penmen are now 33-9-7 (.745) over their last 49 matches dating back to the 2016 campaign.
- SNHU also dips to 17-2-2 (.857) at home since the end of the 2016 season.
- The Penmen will wait to see if their name is called for the NCAA Tournament on Monday, Nov. 5 (6:00 p.m.) when the NCAA Selection Show airs at NCAA.com.
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