COLCHESTER, Vt.– Saint Anselm College women's soccer junior Micaela Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) timing for her first collegiate goal could not have been better. She took a corner kick in the closing minutes of regulation, scoring the game-winner against Saint Michael's College, for a 1-0 final, on Wednesday afternoon, in Northeast-10 Conference action.
With 1:17 left in regulation, Pitts took the Hawks' third corner of the day. The ball went in front of the net, hit off the Purple Knight keeper's hand, and into the back of the goal for the win.
The win improves Saint Anselm to 6-5 overall and 6-3 in conference play, while also extending the current winning streak to four games. The winning streak also tied for the most conference wins in a row dating back to the 2005 season.
Saint Anselm women's soccer Head Coach, Joel Bancroft said it was a battle against a very organized and industrious Purple Knight team.
"Saint Michael's posed many challenges for us. Credit goes to them," explained Bancroft. "They are very organized and industrious. Grinding out a midweek result on the road is something we need to learn how to do. This was a positive step in that direction. The players put forth an enormous effort," concluded Bancroft.
Saint Anselm now leads the all-time series 23-8-6, and have shutout the Purple Knights in the last 11 meetings, going 8-0-3. With the loss, the Purple Knights fall to 1-8-2 and 0-7-2 in NE10 play.
The Hawks had the first scoring chance of the game in the early going following a corner kick. Junior Delaney Bartol (Newburyport, Mass.) sent the ball wide right of the net. Saint Michael's registered the next four shots of the game through the opening 11 minutes.
Hawks' sophomore keeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded her first save of the game in the 32nd minute, on a shot by Madeleine Morse. The visitors had six more shots in the opening stanza, but all were wide of the net, including one in the final minute.
The home team put pressure on early in the second half, as Wildrick made back-to-back saves in the 52nd minute to keep the game tied at zero.
Following those two shots, the Purple Knights only one more shot on net during the rest of the game.
Both teams were even in corners with three apiece. The shot totals were 11 for each team, with the Purple Knights holding a 7-3 edge in the second half, and Saint Anselm with an 8-4 edge in the first stanza.
Wildrick improves to 6-5 on the season, while making four saves in net for Saint Anselm. Liz Vallatini had a save in 45 minutes of action for Saint Michael's, while taking the loss.
The Hawks have back-to-back home games, starting Saturday, Oct. 13 against The College of Saint Rose for a 2 p.m. match.