When and Where: September 28, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Bentley University 1
Records: SNHU 6-3-1 (3-2-1 NE-10), Bentley 5-1-2 (2-1-2 NE-10)
Junior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team to Wednesday evening's 2-1 victory against previously-undefeated Bentley University at Larkin Field.
Just four days after dropping a heart-breaking 1-0 decision at Assumption College in the final minute, the Penmen responded by dishing out the same painful ending to the Falcons, who rolled into Manchester without a blemish in their previous seven matches.
After Bentley had gained the equalizer exactly a minute earlier, Luis gathered her denied pass in a scrum, split three Bentley defenders and sent a shot from the right edge of the 6-yard box into the upper-left corner of the net to set off a celebration near the end line at the 89:22 mark.
Southern New Hampshire wasted no time finding the scoreboard as freshman Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) notched the first goal of her collegiate career just 2:33 into the match. A Bentley defender attempted to clear a Penmen corner service out of the back, but the ball went right to Roys in the middle of the box where she volleyed it into the right side of the net.
SNHU had a chance to double its lead in the 38th minute when freshman Devyn Jacobs (Northbridge, Mass.) headed a kick from senior Olivia Parsons (Plymouth, Mass.) off a restart from left-to-right across the box, but a quick shot from senior Alexa Poulin (Tewksbury, Mass.) rolled just wide of the left post.
The match remained a 1-0 affair through the halftime break with Bentley earning its first dangerous chance to tie the game in the 57th minute when Ana Tantum moved in close toward the right post and blasted a shot from six yards out at a tough angle that senior goalkeeper Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Mass.) was able to punch away.
Roys nearly recorded her second strike in the 64th minute when she collected a pass on the left side of the box, took one touch and rifled a shot to the far right post that slipped just wide.
Bentley had another chance just over four minutes later as Peyton Kent's cross from the left corner settled into the box where Alyssa Valente ran on to it, but one-timed it just wide to the left.
The Falcons again made a bid midway through the 84th minute when Tantum hit a one-timer from the top of the 6-yard box, but Scanlon was able to make the save sliding to her right.
Bentley did finally make it on to the scoreboard in the 89th minute when the Falcons sent a ball into the box from midfield that was played down by a SNHU defender, but Stephanie Helin ran around the back and blasted the ball into the left side of the net to tie it.
- SNHU is 3-1-1 over its last five matches.
- Scanlon made five saves, while Bentley goalkeeper Deirdre Macrorie turned away four shots.
- Southern New Hampshire held a 9-8 edge in shots, including 6-1 in the opening stanza, while Bentley owned a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 1 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Le Moyne College at Larkin.
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