SPARKILL, N.Y. – Trailing by one to begin the second half, the Saint Anselm College women's soccer team rattled off three consecutive goals to stun the host Spartans from Saint Thomas Aquinas College by a 3-1 margin on Wednesday in non-league action.
Saint Anselm remains undefeated in three matches to date, improving to 2-0-1 entering the team's Northeast-10 Conference opener at Saint Rose this Saturday. The Hawks are off to their best start since 2006 when they logged a 3-0 record from Aug. 25 through Sept. 1.
Saint Thomas Aquinas falls to 0-3 on the young season.
"I'm proud of the team's ability to respond to a slow start," remarked Head Coach Joel Bancroft following the game. "They got themselves on track by communicating to each other. Being able to come back down a goal on the road is a real positive."
Sophomore Liz Shaievitz (Lynnfield, Mass.) drew the game even with her second career goal in the 54th minute, heading home a corner kick by junior Nicole White (Danvers, Mass.). White countered with a goal of her own just over 10 minutes later, reeling in a right-to-left pass from senior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) for the go-ahead strike.
Junior Bailey Conti (Walpole, Mass.) added an insurance goal with under 10 minutes left in regulation time. Heading up field on a two-on-one, Conti took a Farina pass from the left wing and tapped it into a wide open goal for her fifth career strike. Farina secured her second assist of the afternoon, a single-game high for the senior.
Mekenzi Moreau put the home team up by one goal only 2:18 to the contest, using a tough-angle shot that eluded the Hawks backstop Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) just inside the far post.
Making her 30th career appearance in goal for the Hawks, Wildrick secured the win with three saves to her credit. She has now made nine saves on 10 shots through her first three contests. The tandem of Alex Santoriello and Colleen Stevens made eight saves, yielding three goals on 11 shots on net.
The Hawks finished the game with statistical edges in shots taken (17-to-5) and corner kicks (6-to-3).
Saint Anselm will battle Saint Rose on Saturday in a 2 p.m. showdown.