MANCHESTER, N.H. – In her first collegiate start, freshman Payton Wildrick made 11 saves, the most by a Saint Anselm College women's soccer goalkeeper in nearly three years, but the Hawks were blanked 3-0 by No. 21 Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday at Larkin Field.
Wildrick made four saves in the opening half and seven more after the break for Saint Anselm (2-2-0, 0-2-0 NE10), but Miranda Peloquin, Allyson Patterson and Ariana Silvia scored for Southern New Hampshire (4-1-0, 2-0-0 NE10) in the final meeting between the two teams at Larkin Field. Wildrick's 11 saves are tied for the sixth-most in a game in program history and the most since Cassie Quattropani's 13 stops against Assumption on Oct. 25, 2014.
After a scoreless opening 15 minutes, Southern New Hampshire opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a goal by Peloquin. Facing her own goal, Abigail Maker played a ball over the top of the Saint Anselm defense and Peloquin ran onto it and finished into the lower-right corner from the left side of the box.
The first chance of the game for the Hawks fell to Suzanne Cotter in the 26th minute, as the freshman fired straight at SNHU goalkeeper Paige Salmon from the right side of the box. Wildrick denied the Penmen a second goal two minutes later, diving down to her right to turn aside an Emily Roan shot from the right side of the box. Less than a minute later, Southern New Hampshire did double its advantage in the 30th minute when Patterson nodded in a Sydney Crema cross from the right at the back post.
In the second half, Saint Anselm nearly cut its deficit in half in the 59th minute, when Salmon made a diving save to her right to snare a Roshelle Morrison shot from just outside the penalty spot. The Penmen had a couple chances in the next 10 minutes to extend their lead, but Wildrick made a close-range save on Patterson and Micaela Pitts made a last-ditch block to deny Trisha Luis in front.
Inside the final 10 minutes, Wildrick made a full-extension stop to tip a Jaymie Caponigro shot from near the penalty spot past the right post. The Penmen eventually extended their lead to 3-0 in the 85th minute on a long-range shot by Silvia that went in off the inside of the left post after Silvia collected a pass from Shae Roys.
SNHU outshot Saint Anselm 22-3 for the game as Salmon recorded a two-save shutout to move to 4-1-0 on the season.
The Hawks face their second-straight ranked opponent when they host No. 16 Adelphi University on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at Melucci Field.