MANCHESTER, N.H. – Brandi McDonald had a goal and two assists to lead Bentley University to a 3-0 victory over the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team in Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Melucci Field.
McDonald assisted on both first-half goals for Bentley (4-3-0, 2-3-0 NE10) and capped the scoring with a second-half header. Saint Anselm (3-5-0, 1-5-0 NE10) had won each of the last six home encounters with the Falcons dating back to 2004.
Bentley took the lead inside the opening eight minutes, when Emma Guccione collected a long ball from McDonald and finished across goalkeeper Payton Wildrick with a shot from the right side of the box. Less than 11 minutes later, the visitors doubled their advantage through Stephanie Helin, who slotted a shot off the fingertips of a diving Wildrick and into the lower-right corner from the middle of the box.
Bentley outshot Saint Anselm 10-2 in the opening half and took the 2-0 lead into the break. The Falcons made it 3-0 on McDonald's 58th-minute goal, as McDonald followed up a Guccione shot off the crossbar and headed the ball into an open net.
The Hawks had a couple chances in the final 15 minutes to get on the board, beginning with an Alexis Elowitch 30-yard free kick that grazed the crossbar near the top-left corner in the 80th minute. Less than two minutes later, Kaila Sullivan cut inside on her left foot from the right and fired a shot on goal that was saved by Deirdre Macrorie.
Macrorie made four saves to record the shutout and improve to 4-3-0 on the season. In her second collegiate start, Wildrick had three saves for Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm is off this weekend and is next in action with a trip to Assumption on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. between the Hawks and Greyhounds.