When and Where: October 18, 2016 – Colchester, Vt. (Duffy Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Michael's College 2
Records: SNHU 8-6-1 (5-5-1 NE-10), Saint Michael's 3-11-0 (2-9-0 NE-10)
Junior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) struck twice off assists from classmate Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.), including in the 90th minute, to send the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory against Saint Michael's College on Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Field.
Tied at two with just 21 seconds remaining in regulation, Maker made the Southern New Hampshire bus ride home a happy one as she found the back of the net following a failed clear attempt off a SNHU corner kick by Saint Michael's. Luis tracked the ball down and sent a lead pass to Maker, who booted the ball into the right side of the net.
Sophomore Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.) staked the Penmen to a 1-0 lead late in the 35th minute when she received the carom off a shot from junior Rianna Fasanello (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) that drilled the right post and finished at the left post.
Saint Michael's gained the equalizer midway through the 41st minute when Emily Durette's blast from 25 yards out tucked into the top-right corner to send the game to the break all tied up.
The Luis-to-Maker connection hooked up for the first time just 2:37 into the second half as Luis dished a centering pass from the right post toward the middle of the box, where Maker hit it inside the left post to put Southern New Hampshire in front, 2-1.
The Purple Knights would again claim the equalizer in the 72nd minute as Alana Houlihan delivered a free kick from the left sideline that Greta Ricigliano re-directed inside the right post with a header that beat junior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.).
-This marks the third game this year the Penmen have played in that has been decided in the 90th minute. SNHU lost to Assumption College, 1-0, at the 89:10 mark on Sept. 24 and then defeated Bentley University, 2-1, at the 89:22 mark Sept. 28 before sinking Saint Michael's at 89:39 Tuesday.
-Southern New Hampshire is now 4-1-1 in matches decided from the 90th minute on this season.
-Junior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) made five saves, while Saint Michael's goalkeeper Megan LeCours stopped six shots.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot the Purple Knights, 14-11, including 10-3 in the opening half. The Penmen held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks – earning one in each half, including one in the second stanza that led to the game winner.
-SNHU has now won two straight and finds itself back in the thick of the Northeast-10 postseason hunt, tied for the eighth and final spot, but just two points from the fourth spot it occupied last season.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 22 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Larkin Field.