When and Where: September 13, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Anselm College 0
Records: SNHU 4-1 (2-0 NE10), Saint Anselm 1-3 (0-2 NE10)
Freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) headed in her first career tally as part of a two-goal opening half that led the 21st-ranked Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team to a 3-0 shutout victory over crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College on Wednesday afternoon at Larkin Field.
Southern New Hampshire nearly struck first in the ninth minute when a cross to the right side of the 6-yard box found the foot of senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.), who blasted a shot just wide to the nearside.
SNHU did draw first blood early in the 17th minute when senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine), with her back to the goal, played a ball over the top and into the right side of the box, where junior Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) ran onto the ball and sent a low shot into the near side corner.
The Penmen doubled the lead early in the 30th minute off a beautiful feed and finish. Senior Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) delivered a cross from the left edge of the box to the front of the net for Patterson, who connected on a header into the right side of the net to make it 2-0.
Saint Anselm nearly climbed on the board late in the 59th minute when Roshelle Morrison picked up a loose ball in the middle of the box and fired a quick shot that was saved by senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.), who dove to her right to gobble up the shot and maintain the two-goal lead for the hosts.
Patterson came close to her second goal just two minutes later when a ball played into the box skipped through traffic and sprung her 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, but the ball could not be settled and caromed off Patterson and into the arms of Saint Anselm 'keeper Payton Wildrick.
Wildrick again kept it a two-score match late in the 81st minute when she robbed freshman Jaymie Caponigro (Swampscott, Mass.) of her first career goal by fully extending to her left and snatching the ball out of the back of the net.
The Penmen finally made it 3-0 with 4:26 to play as sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) settled a ball outside of the box toward junior Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.), who smashed a shot from 25 yards out that drilled off the left post and into the net.
Salmon made two saves, while Wildrick racked up 11 stops.
-The Penmen improve to 4-1 for the first time since 2015.
- Southern New Hampshire is outscoring its opponents, 12-3, through the first five matches of the season.
- Peloquin's goal was her first of the season and sixth of her career, while Patterson and Silvia potted the first tallies of their career.
- Salmon records her third shutout of the season, as well as the eighth of her career.
- SNHU, which held a 22-3 advantage in shots, is now outshooting its opponents, 81-9, over the last three games, and 112-25 on the season.
- The Penmen also owned a 7-6 edge in corner kicks.
- Southern New Hampshire grabs its first points of the year in the Queen City Cup standings and now leads, 2-1, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 16 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Pace University at Larkin.
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