MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) of the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team scored her eighth career goal on Saturday in her team's 2-1 loss to nationally-ranked Franklin Pierce University.
The Hawks fall to 2-5 overall on the season and to 2-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Franklin Pierce, ranked 24th in NCAA Division II by the United Soccer Coaches National Poll, remains undefeated in six overall games, having won all five of its league fixtures to date.
"The energy, effort and commitment to how we want to play were all present today," remarked Head Coach Joel Bancroft. "When you generate as many opportunities as we did against a quality opponent, it's always going to sting to come away without any points.
"At the end of the day, [Franklin Pierce] made a few more plays than we did. Credit to them for doing so," said Bancroft.
Farina's third goal of the season came in the game's 69th minute, halving the Franklin Pierce lead to 2-1. Off a throw-in by sophomore Suzanne Cotter (Acton, Mass.), the ball was corralled by junior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) just outside of the box. A nifty pass forward fell to the foot of Farina, positioned at the top of the goal mouth, to set up the score.
Nathalia Maria da Silva put her team up only 5:38 into the game as she buried a Sophie Cousineau shot that struck the right post. Cousineau was rewarded in the last five seconds of regulation time with a goal of her own as a corner kick was headed by Marta Turmo over to the right post. Positioned about three yards away from the right post, another header by Cousineau was neatly headed home.
Franklin Pierce held the statistical advantage in shots taken (15-to-14) and were rewarded with five of the game's nine corner kicks.
Sophomore Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) made five saves in the loss while Carmen Proffitt halted three-of-four shots, securing the win for her team.
"Our side has been through a 'meat grinder' of quality opponents early on in the season," said Bancroft. "This was our third nationally-ranked opponent in our last four matches. These are great tests for our group to work their way through. We will be better for it down the road," concluded Bancroft.
The Hawks head to Bentley on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to take on the Falcons at 3:30 p.m.