Rally Comes Up Short in 3-2 Road Loss at Stonehill

Jennifer Pearl had a goal and an assist in today's game
Jennifer Pearl had a goal and an assist in today's game

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm women's soccer team traveled to Easton, Mass. this morning to take on the Stonehill College Skyhawks in Northeast-10 Conference play.  Sophomore Hillary Sanacore (Wakefield, R.I.) and junior Jennifer Pearl (Stoughton, Mass.) both scored in the game, but the defense could not hold off the advancing Skyhawks, as the Hawks fell 3-2.

Saint Anselm got on the board first, when Hillary Sanacore converted a pass from Jennifer Pearl to score her second career goal at 36:52 in the first half.  However the Skyhawks scored two quick goals before the end of the half to take a 2-1 lead.  15 minutes into the second half, Skyhawk Kelsey Mahoney (Rehobeth, Mass.) netted a third goal to increase Stonehill's lead to two.  Ten minutes later, at 69:53, the Hawks staged a comeback, as Jennifer Pearl laced a hard shot up into the upper-right corner of the net, knocking in her team-leading fifth goal of the season.  However, the Hawks were unable to put together any further offense, as they fell to Stonehill, 3-2.

The Skyhawks outshot the Hawks 14-10, but the Hawks had a better shots-on-goal percentage, shooting eight on target for a .800 average, while the Skyhawks were accurate 10 times, for a percentage of .714.  Hawk goalkeeper Jacqueline Cooney (Braintree, Mass.) had seven saves in the game, and her Skyhawk counterpart Sarah Hickey (Lee, Mass.) blocked six shots. 

Today's win lifts Stonehill to 6-7 (4-6 NE-10) while Saint Anselm falls to 6-6-1 (5-5 NE-10).  The Hawks return home on Wednesday, October 14th, to host cross-town rivals Southern New Hampshire University in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup beginning at 4:00 pm.