When and Where: November 5, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Franklin Pierce University 1
Records: SNHU 14-2-5, Franklin Pierce 12-4-2
Junior Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) had a hand in a pair of goals to lead the second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team to its second Northeast-10 title with a 2-1 victory against fourth-seeded Franklin Pierce University in the NE10 Championship final Sunday afternoon at Larkin Field.
Southern New Hampshire, which earned the league's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament with the win, collects its second Northeast-10 Championship since joining the league in 2000, with the program capturing its first in 2012.
Southern New Hampshire drew first blood just 1:10 into the contest when senior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) played the ball from the right corner toward the middle of the box, where classmate Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) touched it on to Peloquin, who buried it inside the left post to make it 1-0.
The Penmen doubled their lead just under 20 minutes later when Peloquin settled a lob across the box from Luis and unleashed a shot from a tough angle on the right. A Franklin Pierce defender made a move to try and clear the ball, but inadvertently deflected it into the top right corner of the net to increase the lead to 2-0.
Franklin Pierce stopped SNHU from running away with it, slicing its deficit in half early in the 33rd minute. Bruna Tavares attempted to send a cross from the left end line into the box, but senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) dove out toward the middle and was able to get a hand on the ball to knock it away. The ball, however, ended up on the foot of Sophie Cousineau on the right side of the box and she hit it into the near side of the net to make it 2-1.
The Ravens gave their in-state rival a small scare midway through the 42nd minute when Gabi Pereira's blast from just outside the box on the left rocketed just high and wide of the far top corner.
Pereira had a similar opportunity midway through the 78th minute – the best chance for either team after halftime – but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.
Salmon only saw the one shot on goal, but Franklin Pierce goalkeeper Casey Cook made one save.
- Luis was named the 2017 NE10 Championship Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-Championship Team by both Peloquin and Salmon.
- The 14 victories top the 2012 championship squad (13-5-4) and are now the most for the program since 1997 (15-4-0).
- The Penmen are now 8-7 (.533) all-time in the NE10 Championship.
- Southern New Hampshire is now 9-0-2 at home this season and has allowed just three goals in 1030:00 of action.
- The Penmen have lost just once in their last 18 matches (13-1-5).
- Southern New Hampshire is now 18-4-5, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season.
- The Penmen are outscoring their opponents, 36-12, on the season.
- Peloquin's goal was her fourth of the season and ninth of her career.
- Franklin Pierce became just the fourth team all year to outshoot Southern New Hampshire, edging them, 7-5. The Penmen held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- SNHU is now outshooting its opponents, 379-169, on the season.
The Penmen will now await the NCAA Selection Show, which airs Monday, Nov. 6 (6 p.m.) on NCAA.com, to learn their seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
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