When and Where: October 26, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Melucci Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Saint Anselm College 3
Records: SNHU 9-7-1 (6-6-1 NE-10), Saint Anselm 5-11-1 (3-9-1 NE-10)
Junior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) registered a hat trick and an assist and sophomore Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.) scored a pair of goals as the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team defeated crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College, 5-3, Wednesday afternoon at Melucci Field.
Maker opened the scoring late in the 32nd minute when Saint Anselm failed to clear a corner kick out of the box and she was able to put a head on the ball and knock it into the net to put Southern New Hampshire up, 1-0.
SNHU doubled its lead early in the 39th minute when Maker struck again, finishing inside the right post after collecting a through ball that was sent straight up the middle of the field by fellow junior Rene Hamel (Wilbraham, Mass.).
Hamel also had a hand in making it 3-0 exactly a minute-and-a-half later when she played a ball through on the right side for a cutting Humphreys, who sent a shot into the lower right corner.
Humpreys would then make it 4-0 midway through the 70th minute when she easily tapped in a cross from Maker after being left unmarked.
Saint Anselm finally jumped on the board just 56 seconds later when Corey Murray beat senior goalkeeper Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Mass.) for a penalty kick score.
The Hawks then made it a two-goal game early in the 77th minute when Murray played a ball on the right to Alexis Elowitch, who booted it inside the left post.
Maker would earn the hat trick and put the Penmen up 5-2 in the 79th minute as she received a through-ball from sophomore Jenna Fitzgerald (Upton, Mass.) through the middle and sent a shot toward the net that ricocheted off the post and in.
Saint Anselm would close to within two again just 1:04 later when Elowitch swiped the ball from a SNHU defender, maneuvered around Scanlon and popped the ball into the open net to make it 5-3. The Hawks would not get off another, shot, however, as SNHU earned the victory.
-Southern New Hampshire has now won three of its last four.
-Scanlon made five saves, while Saint Anselm goalkeeper Cassie Quattropani stopped five of the eight shots she faced in the opening half. Elise Bouchard made two saves on the four shots she saw in the second stanza.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Anselm, 23-15, including 12-6 in the first frame, while holding a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
-The Penmen are currently in a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Northeast-10 with one match to play.
-SNHU earns two more points in the Queen City Cup standings and now holds a 13-5 advantage in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
The Penmen wrap up their regular-season Saturday, Oct. 29 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Adelphi University on Senior Day at Larkin Field.
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