When and Where: November 3, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 1, Assumption College 1 (SNHU Wins 5-4 PKs)
Records: SNHU 13-2-5, Assumption 10-6-2
Senior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) buried the game-tying goal with less than nine minutes to play in regulation, and was one of five Penmen to score in penalty kicks, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team prevailed over Assumption College in penalties, 5-4, to advance to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship final.
The second-seeded Penmen, who advance to the program's second NE10 final and first since 2012, will host fourth-seeded Franklin Pierce University at Larkin Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Ravens ousted No. 8 Merrimack College Friday, 2-1.
Southern New Hampshire dominated possession and carried the majority of play through the first half, but it was the Greyhounds who jumped ahead with less than 10 minutes to play before the intermission. After Assumption earned its first corner kick of the contest, Victoria Stowell sent a low line drive kick to the near post. Senior Paige Salmon (West Hempstead, N.Y.) punched the ball away, but a failed Penmen clearing attempt left the ball on the feet of Ania Spina just inside the top of the box, where she took two touches before sending a left-footed shot to the far post.
The score remained unchanged for the ensuing 40-plus minutes before Southern New Hampshire turned defense into offense to set up the equalizer. Kallie Villemaire raced down the right side for the Greyhounds, and once the Penmen defense converged on her at the top of the box, she slid a feed over to a wide-open Spina. Salmon charged off her line to cut down the angle, but Spina lofted a shot over the SNHU keeper that was ticketed for the back of the empty goal. Junior Samantha Sparda (Scarborough, Maine) raced back and volleyed the ball out of the air at the line, where it was ultimately cleared out of danger.
Southern New Hampshire followed by forcing a turnover near midfield on the next possession. Sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) pushed a pass up the left side for senior Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.), who darted up the sideline before hitting Luis on a run at the top of the box. Luis juked out a Greyhound defender to free up space and hammered a shot to the back of the net with 8:29 to play.
After neither side was able to solve the opposition's keeper through the final 8:29 of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, the two teams lined up for a shootout. Luis, freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.), Roys, junior Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.) and classmate Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) all converted their attempts, and Assumption matched the Penmen through its first four shooters. The final shot, however, sailed over the crossbar and sent the Penmen into the final.
- Southern New Hampshire reaches the final of the Northeast-10 Championship for the first time since 2012 – the year it captured its only NE10 title.
- The Penmen are now 7-7 (.500) all-time in the NE10 Championship.
- Southern New Hampshire is now 8-0-2 at home this season and has allowed just two goals in 940:00 of action.
- The Penmen have lost just once in their last 18 matches (12-1-5).
- Southern New Hampshire is now 17-4-5, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season.
- The Penmen are outscoring their opponents, 34-11, on the season.
- Luis' goal was her 10th of the season and 25th of her career.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Assumption, 26-10, including 18-5 after halftime. The Penmen also earned 11 corner kicks and yielded just two.
- SNHU is now outshooting its opponents, 374-162, on the season.
The second-seeded Penmen return to action Sunday (Nov. 5) at 1 p.m. when they host fourth-seeded Franklin Pierce for the Northeast-10 Championship at 1 p.m. at Larkin Field.
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