NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team was downed by the host Owls from Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday.
Saint Anselm falls to 2-4 on the season, evening its Northeast-10 Conference record to 2-2. Southern Connecticut State, who fell to the Hawks by a 1-0 margin in overtime one season ago, moves to 4-3 overall and to 3-1 against league opponents.
Only 3:30 into the contest, the Owls were awarded a penalty kick that was taken by Marisa Grisell. Hawks netminder Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) was up to the task early, turning aside the Grisell shot to keep the game scoreless. Only six games into the 2018 season, Hawks fouls in the box have sent opponents to the spot on four occasions.
Southern Connecticut State had another golden opportunity late in the first half as a Kelly Lamb shot struck the post with just over two minutes left in the stanza. The hosts would limit Saint Anselm to only one shot through the first 45 minutes but in turn would fire four out of their six total shots wide.
Kelsey Burr notched the game-winning goal at 70:31, putting home a pass from Johanna Wahlen, to create a 1-0 advantage that would not be overcome by Saint Anselm. A header by freshman Regan Pratt (Topsfield, Mass.) in the game's final 1:29 would be the best Hawks chance to equalize but the shot hit the post.
Wildrick made seven saves in the loss. Abigail Allen made only two saves for the Owls, facing only five total Hawks shots throughout the game. Southern Connecticut State finished with the edge in shots (15-to-5) despite conceding five of the game's six corner kicks to Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm hosts nationally-ranked Franklin Pierce this Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.