EASTON, Mass. – Alexis Elowitch scored the lone goal of the game and Payton Wildrick recorded her first-career victory and shutout as the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team blanked Stonehill College, 1-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Skyhawk Field.
Elowtich scored her first goal of the season just 5:07 into the second half for Saint Anselm (5-7-1, 3-7-1 NE10), which picked up an important three points in the Northeast-10 Conference standings. With the win over Stonehill (5-10-0, 3-8-0 NE10), the Hawks sit two points behind Merrimack and Le Moyne for the eighth and final berth in the NE10 Championship.
The game was the eighth in the last 10 meetings in the series that was decided by a single goal or ended in a tie dating back to 2010. It was also the fourth-straight game between the two teams in Easton, Mass. to end 1-0, with Saint Anselm winning the last three. The victory was Saint Anselm's first on the road this season.
After a first half that included just three shots on goal, Elowitch broke the deadlock early in the second half. In the 51st minute, the senior drove the ball across goal from the right side of the box and the ball ricocheted off a defender and over the line for the game's only goal.
The goal came two and a half minutes after the Stonehill defense cleared a Lauren Case shot off the line. The best chance of the game for the Skyhawks came in the 74th minute, when Wildrick parried an Ellie Fried shot headed towards the top-right corner out for a corner. Wildrick added two more saves in the final 10 minutes, including one with just 1:02 remaining, to secure the five-save shutout.
Saint Anselm came close to adding an insurance goal in the 84th minute, as Kaitlin Brown denied Elowitch on a 2-on-1 break and Olivia Griffin fired the rebound wide from a sharp angle on the right. Four of Brown's six saves in the game came in the final 10 minutes as she fell to 4-8-0 on the season.
After tallying three shots in the first half, Saint Anselm had 11 in the second half as the shot count finished 14-11 in favor of the Hawks.
Saint Anselm hosts American International College at 2 p.m. at Melucci Field on Saturday, Sept. 21.