GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Senior Siobhan Flaherty (Braintree, Mass.) leveled the game 1-1 in the 55th minute, but Adelphi University scored with less than three minutes left to put them up 2-1 and defeat the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Championship on Tuesday afternoon at Motamed Field.
Saint Anselm, playing in its first NE-10 Championship since 2009, drops its first match in six games and wraps up the 2013 season at 8-7-3 overall and 7-6-2 in the league. The Panthers advance to the semifinal round and move to a 12-1-4 record with a 10-1-4 mark in conference play.
The Panthers drew first blood as Victoria Antonino sent a low cross to Olivia Czavar, who one-timed the ball into the back of the net just 5:21 into the game.
Saint Anselm netted the equalizer, however, at 54:46 when Flaherty sent a blast from 15 yards out on the right that lofted over the head of Adelphi goalkeeper Sam Whitney and into the far corner of the net.
Although Saint Anselm dominated play with an 8-3 shot advantage in the second half, an Adelphi goal at 87:22 would prove to be the deciding factor. Michelle Brown passed the ball to Czavar and she took a shot that found its way through traffic, off the left post and past Saint Anselm goalkeeper Cassie Quattropani (East Hartford, Conn.).
Overall, Saint Anselm held a 12-7 shot advantage, along with a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Quattropani made three saves, while Whitney stopped five shots.
This concludes the 2013 season for Saint Anselm and was the final game for seniors Flaherty, Amy Millet (Lancaster, Mass.), Emma Furlone (Keene, N.H.) and Maura Kelly (Weymouth, Mass.). Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.