When and Where: October 31, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Bentley University 0
Records: SNHU 13-2-4, Bentley 8-8-1
Senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) kicked off the scoring in the eighth minute and classmate Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) added an insurance goal in the 86th, as the second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team blanked seventh-seeded Bentley University, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal tilt at Larkin Field.
Southern New Hampshire advances to the semifinal round of the NE10 Championship for the first time since 2012 and will host sixth-seeded Assumption College, which upset No. 3 Saint Rose, 3-0, on Tuesday, at Larkin Field on Friday, Nov. 3 (4 p.m.).
SNHU jumped on the scoreboard first just 7:42 in when freshman Reanna Romano (Derry, N.H.) played a long ball across midfield to the left for Maker, who raced Bentley goalkeeper Kat Hassapis to the ball and was able to put a head on it as the two collided. The ball had enough on it to roll across the box and into the right side of the net to make it 1-0.
The score would stay that way through the end of the first, which was largely dominated by the Penmen following the goal. Maker nearly doubled the lead early in the 35th minute when she almost mirrored her marker from Saturday by taking on two Bentley defenders and getting by both of them with the ball still on her foot before ripping a shot from the right side of the box that Hassapis was able to knock away as she dove to her right.
Just over a minute later, freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) stole the ball right on the doorstep and hit a quick shot from the left that was again stopped by Hassapis.
SNHU created another dangerous chance midway through the 39th minute when sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) sent a drive from the top of the box that Hassapis leaped for and knocked over the crossbar.
Southern New Hampshire kept the pressure on in the second half, with Luis making a bid late in the 56th minute, but her shot from the top of the box sailed just high. Maker had a chance for goal No. 2 in the 59th minute when she again raced Hassapis to a played-in ball, but it was the goalkeeper who won the battle this time, sliding to cover the ball and upending Maker in the process.
Junior Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) led a rush in on the right side in the 72nd minute, but her quick shot to the far post rolled just wide.
The Penmen did finally double their lead with 5:00 on the clock in regulation as Luis took control of a bouncing ball in the box, flipping it up to herself before heading it up and over Hassapis to make it 2-0.
Senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) stopped both shots she faced, while Hassapis turned away 10 of 12.
- Southern New Hampshire reaches the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Championship for the first time since 2012 – the year it captured its only NE10 title.
- The Penmen are now 6-7 (.462) all-time in the NE10 Championship.
- Southern New Hampshire's 13th victory of the season is the most since 2012 when the team finished 13-5-4.
- SNHU improves to 8-0-1 this season and has now given up just one goal in 830:00 of action.
- The Penmen have lost just once in their last 17 matches (12-1-4).
- Southern New Hampshire is now 17-4-4, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season.
- The Penmen are outscoring their opponents, 33-10, on the season.
- Maker's goal was her fourth of the season and 11th of her Penmen career, while Luis found the back of the net for the ninth time this year and 24th time in a Penmen uniform.
- Salmon's clean sheet is her 11th of the season and 16th of her SNHU career.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Bentley, 26-9, including 13-3 after halftime, while corner kicks were even at 5-5.
- SNHU is now outshooting its opponents, 348-152, on the season.
The second-seeded Penmen return to action Friday, Nov. 3 (4 p.m.) when they play host to sixth-seeded Assumption in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal match at Larkin.
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