Women’s Soccer Ousted in Quarters by #12 Adelphi in Heartbreaking Fashion

BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 1, 2016 – Garden City, N.Y. (Motamed Field)
Score: Adelphi University 2, Southern New Hampshire University 1 (2OT)
Records: Adelphi 12-2-1, SNHU 10-8-1

Freshman Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) put the eighth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team up 1-0 in the 51st minute, but top-seeded and 12th-ranked Adelphi University tied it with under a minute to play in the second half and eventually pulled out a 2-1 win in double overtime Tuesday at Motamed Field in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal.

After Adelphi had evened the match with just 47 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, the Panthers then won it with 3:51 left in the second extra session. The Southern New Hampshire defense attempted to clear out the ball, but Victoria Antonino blocked it down at the top of the box, turned and sent a low shot toward the left post that snuck by the dive of senior goalkeeper Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Mass.) to end it.

Adelphi had the first dangerous opportunity of the game late in the 29th minute when Erica Bleimeyer played a ball over the top to Morgan Santoro, who settled the ball and was 1-on-1 with Scanlon, but her kick from the top of the 6-yard box went wide to the left.

Southern New Hampshire jumped on the scoreboard first just 5:45 into the second half when Roys collected a cross from the left flank, took one touch and sent the ball into the lower left corner of the net after Adelphi goalkeeper Anne Marie Ulliac had come out into the middle of the box to challenge.

The Penmen nearly doubled their lead in the 67th minute when junior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) looked to have perfectly placed a free kick from about 22 yards out, but it rang off the crossbar to remain a one-goal game.

 Adelphi netted the equalizer when a hand-ball just outside the box with 47 seconds left resulted in a free kick for Santoro, who sent the ball past Scanlon and into the top-left corner of the net to force overtime. 

The best chance to crown a winner in the first extra session came with just over three minutes to play, as Santoro struck a long shot from the left that Scanlon made a great stop on as she dove toward the far post to keep it tied.

Notes:
-Southern New Hampshire was playing in its second straight Northeast-10 Championship.
-The Penmen came just 47 seconds away from knocking off Adelphi twice in a four-day span. SNHU tipped the then-sixth-ranked Panthers, 3-1, Saturday to punch its ticket to the NE-10 Championship and hand Adelphi just its second loss of the season.
-Scanlon made nine saves, including seven after halftime, while Ulliac stopped two shots.
-Adelphi outshot Southern New Hampshire, 23-7, including 16-3 in the second stanza and overtime, combined, while also holding an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Up Next:
The Penmen will await their fate and see if they earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will air Monday, Nov. 7 (6 p.m.) at NCAA.com and can be viewed HERE.

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