When and Where: October 29, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Adelphi University 1
Records: SNHU 10-7-1 (7-6-1 NE-10), Adelphi 11-2-1 (14-2-1 NE-10)
Sophomore Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) recorded a goal and an assist Saturday to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team past sixth-ranked Adelphi University, 3-1, at Larkin Field in the Senior Day regular-season finale and into the Northeast-10 Championship.
The Penmen finish the regular season in a seventh-place tie with Le Moyne College, which owns the tiebreaker over Southern New Hampshire via its 3-2 win at Larkin back on Oct. 1. Eighth-seeded SNHU will now head to Long Island to take on the top-seeded Panthers in a Tuesday rematch in the Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinals.
Southern New Hampshire scored an absolute back breaker of a goal to kick off the scoring with just 19 seconds remaining in the opening half when Adelphi goalkeeper Delaney Dayoan stopped an initial shot from junior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) and classmate Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) ran onto the rebound on the left side of the box and booted it into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Adelphi nearly tied it just under seven minutes into the second half off a corner kick when Jeanine Nunez sent a header high and over the leap of senior goalkeeper Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Mass.), but it drilled the crossbar to preserve the SNHU advantage.
The Panthers would tie it, however, midway through the 61st minute when Morgan Santoro's free kick from 25 yards out rang the crossbar, but then ricocheted off a diving Scanlon and into the net to even the match at one.
Southern New Hampshire responded by going back on the attack to manufacture the eventual game winner in the 69th minute. Junior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) tracked down a ball on the left side as she was converged upon by Dayoan and an Adelphi defender, but was able to slip the ball between the two Panthers. It rolled diagonally through the box toward the right post where Peloquin was able to run by a defender and pop the ball into the wide open net.
Adelphi nearly tied it again midway through the 73rd minute on Laura Gomez' header off a cross, but the attempt went just wide of the left post.
The Penmen then sealed it in the 87th minute when freshman Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.), who had just entered the match less than a half-minute earlier, collected a pass from Peloquin on the right side of the box and beat Dayoan to make it 3-1.
-Southern New Hampshire finishes the regular season having won four of its last five.
-The Penmen capture back-to-back 10-win seasons and consecutive Northeast-10 Championship appearances for the first time since the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
-Adelphi, which was unbeaten in its last 10 (9-0-1) and had won six straight, loses for just the second time all season.
-Scanlon made five saves, while Dayoan also turned away five shots for the Panthers.
-Adelphi outshot Southern New Hampshire, 18-10, including 10-5 in the first frame, while also holding a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
-Seniors Alexa Poulin (Tewksbury, Mass.), Olivia Parsons (Plymouth, Mass.), Ali Walter (Marshfield, Mass.) and Scanlon were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The eighth-seeded Penmen are back in action Tuesday, Nov. 1 when they take on top-seeded Adelphi at Motamed Field.
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