When and Where: September 27, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, University of New Haven 0
Records: SNHU 7-1-1 (5-0-1 NE10), UNH 3-4-2 (0-4-2 NE10)
Senior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) scored two of the team's three second-half goals to lead the 21st-ranked Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory against the University of New Haven on Wednesday evening at Larkin Field.
In a first half that saw Southern New Hampshire outshoot New Haven, 7-1, the best Penmen chance came late in the 36th minute when freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) ran onto a ball in the right side of the box and ripped a shot just high over the crossbar.
The Penmen finally jumped on the board just 2:47 into the second half when senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) slipped a pass to the middle of the box for Luis, who found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
SNHU tried to double its lead midway through the 73rd minute as a service from the left flank by freshman Reanna Romano (Derry, N.H.) found the head of sophomore Hannah Chick (Amherst, N.H.), but her diving bid went just wide.
Late in the 82nd minute, Maker was attempting to corral a loose ball when New Haven goalkeeper Kyra Wolonsavich took her out, resulting in a penalty kick for Luis, who buried the opportunity right at 82:00 to make it 2-0.
Then, with just 31 seconds remaining, sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) tracked down a corner service from senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) on the right side of the box, turning and volleying the ball inside the far post to put the finishing touches on the victory.
Senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) only needed to make one save, while Wolonsavich stopped seven shots in 82:00 of action. Paige Davis did not make a save over the final 8:00.
- The Penmen have just one loss in their first nine matches to start the year for the first time since 2015.
- SNHU extends its unbeaten streak to seven matches, its longest since it went 5-0-2 from Sept. 26-Oct. 16, 2012.
- Southern New Hampshire is 11-2-1 in the regular season, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season.
- The Penmen are outscoring their opponents, 20-4, through the first nine matches of the season.
- Salmon's shutout is her sixth of the season and the 11th of her career.
- She and the Penmen have not allowed a goal over the last 267:40, dating back to Sept. 19 when Franklin Pierce's 23rd-minute strike snapped a 276:18 scoreless streak. Over the last 543:59, the Penmen have given up just a single goal.
- Luis' goals were her third and fourth of the season and Nos. 18 and 19 of her career, while Roys' tally was her second of the season and fifth of her career.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot New Haven, 18-1, including 11-0 in the second stanza, and also held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- SNHU is now outshooting its opponents, 180-52, on the season.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 30 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Stonehill College at Larkin and raise money for Catholic Medical Center's Breast Care Center with its annual Pink Game.
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