Freshmen help women's soccer to win on Bancroft's debut

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team scored three times in the span of 2:29 in the opening half and went on to defeat Caldwell University 5-1 on head coach Joel Bancroft's debut on Sunday afternoon at Melucci Field.

Box Score

Freshmen and sophomores combined for three goals and six assists for Saint Anselm (1-0-0) and junior Madison Sarra scored the first two goals of her collegiate career. Suzanne Cotter had a goal and an assist, Nicole White matched the program record with four assists, Caly Farina and Nicole Scarfo both netted goals and Katelyn McCoole added an assist for the Hawks. White's four-assist performance matched that of Heidi Reece, who did so on August 25, 2006 against Nyack.

After a scoreless opening half hour, the Hawks scored three quick goals in the span of 2:29 to establish a 3-0 lead. In the 32nd minute, White played Cotter in behind up the left flank and the freshman fired the ball just under the bar to open the scoring.

Just 1:21 later, White set up her second goal of the game, as her cross from near the end line on the left was put home by a lunging Farina at the back post. Saint Anselm made it 3-0 just 1:08 after Farina's goal when Cotter cushioned a White free kick from the right wing to Scarfo who made no mistake from the middle of the box.

The score remained 3-0 until Sarra nodded in White's corner from the left at the back post in the 70th minute. Sarra grabbed her second of the game 4:19 later, putting home a rebound in front after McCoole's shot from the left side of the box was saved.

Caldwell got one goal back in the 86th minute on a Haley Kopf penalty kick after a handball in the box. Kopf rifled the spot kick down the middle and just under the bar.

Elise Bouchard earned the third win of her career in net by stopping all four shots she faced in the first 69:32 of the game. Payton Wildrick took over for the final 20:28 and was only beaten by Kopf's penalty kick. Daniela Lucca made five shots for the Cougars but took the loss to fall to 0-2-0 on the season.

Saint Anselm outshot Caldwell by a 15-8 margin in the game, including an 8-2 advantage in the second half, and also held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. All 24 players on Saint Anselm's roster got into the game.

Saint Anselm faces a quick turnaround as the Hawks host Nyack in another non-conference game on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. at Melucci Field.