WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) netted the game-winner with under a minute to play in regulation, lifting the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon in Northeast-10 action at Bentley Soccer Field.
With just one minute left, Larocque netted her first tally of the 2018 campaign for the Hawks, finding the back of the net at close range, giving Saint Anselm their first road victory of the season. Fellow junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) served up the assist on a cross from the left corner, after having scored two goals earlier in the contest.
Farina opened the scoring on the afternoon and gave Saint Anselm a 1-0 halftime lead with a shot from 20 yards out in the 31st minute off a pass from senior Corinne Galarneau (Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada).
After Bentley evened the score just three minutes into the second stanza, Farina put her team back on top on a penalty kick in the 49th minute, her team-leading fifth goal of the 2018 season.
Bentley fought back to tie the game at 2-2 in the 55th minute, and the score remained level for the duration setting up the Hawks thrilling victory.
"Today was another hard fought match against a Bentley team that was well prepared and very competitive," offered Coach Joel Bancroft. "It took us some time to make adjustments and really get ahold of the game. Credit to Caly for putting us up 1-0 against the run of play. I thought we had a number of opportunities to add to our lead prior to the half and were not able to do so.
"That set up a back and forth second half, and we were fortunate to find a winner in the final minutes. Kiley did a great job finishing her run and redirecting a dangerous ball in front of the face of the net."
Sophomore goaltender Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) kept things close, posting eight saves on the afternoon and helped her teammates collect three points in the conference standings by way of the league road win.
Saint Anselm improves to 3-5-0 on the season, and leveled their NE10 record to 3-3-0 while Bentley falls to 2-3-2 overall, 1-3-1 in NE10 play.
The Hawks return to action on Oct. 2 for a home tilt against Assumption at 4 p.m.