MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) of the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team scored two goals, including the game-winning strike, during the Hawks' 3-2 victory over visiting Assumption College on Tuesday.
Saint Anselm moves to 4-5 overall on the year and to 4-3 in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Hawks equaled the last two seasons' win totals against conference opponents and defeated Assumption (4-6, 3-4 NE10) for the first time since Oct. 20, 2012.
Farina has scored seven of her team's 12 goals on the year and is currently riding a three-game goal scoring streak in which she has posted five goals and an assist for 11 points (5-1=11). She is the first Hawks student-athlete to score twice in back-to-back games since recent Saint Anselm Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Jocelyn (Savastano) Aguilar '07 did so in 2006.
Her game-winning goal came in the game's 60th minute. Off of a corner kick by junior Micaela Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.), the ball was headed out to the top of the penalty area where it caught the foot of Farina. Firing a blast through heavy goal-mouth traffic, Farina's shot caromed in off of an Assumption defender to break a 2-2 tie just over 15 minutes into the second half.
Sophomore Suzanne Cotter (Acton, Mass.) put home her first goal of the season only 2:29 into the game, collecting a right-to-left pass from classmate Nicole White (Danvers, Mass.) that was tapped home inside the left post. Outside of Kallie Villemaire's game-tying goal at 8:22, the Hawks outshot the Greyhounds by a 6-2 margin in the game's first 15 minutes.
Farina's first goal of the game came at 15:11 for Saint Anselm, creating a 2-1 advantage for the hosts. Streaking through the Greyhounds defensive zone, Farina picked up a leading pass from junior Kiley Larocque (Upton, Mass.) and scored on a breakaway before tumbling over the desperation slide from the Assumption netminder.
Assumption's Brooke Shatney scored her first goal of the season only 8:14 into the second half, briefly swinging the momentum in the Greyhounds favor after a first half that saw Saint Anselm own the 14-7 advantage in shots taken.
Hawks goalkeeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) picked up her second-straight victory, making four saves on six shots. Assumption backstop Alexis Nason, the NE10's leader in saves, made nine against the Hawks on 12 shots.
Saint Anselm carries a two-match winning streak into play this Saturday, Oct. 6, traveling to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. for an 11 a.m. showdown with the Dolphins.