Women’s Soccer Upended by Franklin Pierce, 1-0

BOX SCORE

When and Where: October 22, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score:
Franklin Pierce University 1, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Franklin Pierce 6-6-2 (4-6-2 NE-10), SNHU 8-7-1 (5-6-1 NE-10)

Midori Ono's goal in the 42nd minute proved to be the lone tally of the match as Franklin Pierce University recorded a 1-0 victory against the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team on a cold and damp Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field.

Southern New Hampshire had a great chance to get on the board in the fifth minute of play when juniors Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) and Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) set up a 2-on-1 opportunity. Maker sent a long diagonal cross from the left, around a Franklin Pierce defender, and into the right side of the box, but Benson could not quite catch up to it and touched it just wide to the right.

Franklin Pierce finally broke the ice with just 3:33 on the clock before halftime when Madison Finlay's free kick from 30 yards out short-hopped junior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.), who made the initial stop, but could not corral the ball before Ono cleaned up and popped it into the left side.

The Penmen had a chance to tie it late in the 76th minute when Benson's long service was tracked down on the top of the left side of the box by fellow junior Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.), who used her left foot to shoot around Franklin Pierce goalkeeper Casey Cook, but the ball went wide of the left post.

SNHU had another opportunity in the closing seconds with a foul called outside of the box, but the free kick was deflected by a Ravens' defender to seal the win for Franklin Pierce. 

Notes:
-Southern New Hampshire was looking for its second three-match winning streak of the season.
-Salmon made five saves, while Cook needed to stop only one shot for the Ravens.
-Franklin Pierce outshot SNHU, 8-5, including 6-3 in the opening half.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 29 (4 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven on Senior Day at Larkin Field. 

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