Women’s Soccer Rally Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Le Moyne


When and Where: October 1, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
 Le Moyne College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: Le Moyne 4-4-1 (2-3-1 NE-10), SNHU 6-4-1 (3-3-1 NE-10) 

Sophomore Danielle Humphreys (Hebron, Conn.) and junior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) scored goals to cut into a three-score deficit, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team's comeback bid fell short in a 3-2 loss to Le Moyne College on Saturday afternoon at Larkin Field.

Trailing, 3-0, Southern New Hampshire would get one back midway through the 19th minute when junior Sydney Crema (Litchfield, N.H.) tracked down a ball in the left corner and made a long run with it before sliding a quick pass into the left side of the box for Humphreys, who popped a one-timer into the left side of the net.

The score remained the same through halftime until the Penmen trimmed their deficit to one just over 10 minutes into the second half. Junior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) took an initial shot from the top of the left side of the box that was deflected by a Le Moyne defender before caroming to the right side where Benson struck a shot that sailed into the top-left corner of the net. 

Despite dominating most of the second half and having multiple dangerous chances, Southern New Hampshire would not find the back of the net again. SNHU's best chance came with 17:22 remaining when a shot from the right side of the box by senior Olivia Parsons (Plymouth, Mass.) was rolling toward the vacant left side of the goalmouth before MacKenzie Negus cleared the sure-fire strike out of harm's way.

Le Moyne put the Penmen on their heels early with a goal just 7:14 into the match. Claire Stackel angled a through-ball from the right flank into the middle of the box for Rachel Terry, whose low shot beat senior goalkeeper Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Mass.) into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Stackel doubled the Dolphins' lead less than two minutes later when she converted a penalty-kick attempt by booting the ball past a diving Scanlon and into the left side of the net. Stackel then set up Le Moyne's third goal just 1:04 later as she re-directed a cross from the left corner near the end line over to the right post where Brielle Filtch sent a quick shot into the right side to make it 3-0. 

-Scanlon made five saves, while Le Moyne goalkeeper Anastasija Cumika turned away six shots.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Le Moyne, 29-14, including 19-3 in the second stanza. The Penmen also owned a 14-3 advantage in corner kicks, including 9-1 in the second stanza.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) when  they play host to Merrimack College in a match that can be seen live on both NESNplus and NESN National at Larkin Field.

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