MANCHESTER, N.H. - On a cloudy fall afternoon at Melucci Field, the Saint Anselm women's soccer team hosted the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College for a Northeast-10 Conference match-up. The Hawks, who are currently ranked seventh in the NSCAA East, fell to the Purple Knights by a score of 1-0. The Knights came into today's game looking for their first conference win, and are now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Northeast-10.
The Hawks controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, outshooting the Purple Knights 7-2, but they were unable to get past goalkeeper Ashleigh Adams (Milton, Vt.), who kept the score tied at zero through the end of the half.
However, just over 10 minutes into the second half, at 55:21, Purple Knight sophomore Teal Bryan (North Yarmouth, Maine) passed the ball to Cassie Crockett (Gilmanton, N.H.) who laced a hard shot towards the right side of the net. Hawk keeper Jacqueline Cooney (Braintree, Mass.) made a spectacular diving save to keep the ball out of the net, and, while still on the ground, she kept the ball from rolling into the net with her feet. However, before Cooney could get to her feet and regain control of the ball, Crockett capitalized on the situation and knocked the ball up and over Cooney to put the Purple Knights up 1-0.
The rest of the game was quiet, and while the Hawks had a few key opportunities, Crockett's goal proved enough to put the Purple Knights on top, giving them their first conference win of the season. The Hawks outshot the Purple Knights 12-6. Ashleigh Adams had seven saves and Cooney had three. The game marks the first win for Saint Michael's over Saint Anselm since October 9, 2004. The Hawks are 15-7-3 all-time against the Purple Knights.
The Hawks (4-3-1, 4-2 NE-10) return to action on Thursday, September 24th, when they host the New York Institute of Technology Bears in their first match-up in history. The non-conference game will be held at Melucci Field beginning at 4:00 pm.