Two Florenz Goals Lead Stony Brook Past Iona

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Stony Brook's Rachel Florenz. Photo: Stony Brook Univ.

Two goals by Rachel Florenz and another strong defensive effort lead the Stony Brook women’s soccer team to a 4-0 win over Iona Wednesday afternoon at Mazzella Field in New Rochelle.

The match was an even contest through the first 45 minutes with the lone goal coming from the Seawolves Fanny Gotesson in the 23rd minute. The teams went to the half with Stony Brook leading 1-0 and ahead on shots 5-4.

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But the visitors from Long Island ramped up their effort in the second half to take control of the match.

In the 58th minute, senior Julie Johnstonbaugh was tripped up inside the box and earned a penalty kick. Sophomore Alyssa Francese stepped up and converted her second penalty of the season for a 2-0 lead.

Florenz would then secure the win for Stony Brook with goals in the 82nd and 85th minute, her first two tallies of the season.

“It’s always good to score goals, record a shutout and secure a win on the road,” said Brendan Faherty, head coach. “It’s also great to have different players step up and make plays all over the field. All season, but specifically in the last two matches, we have been able to show the depth of our squad, which we believe will help us as we head into America East play in another 10 days.”

Seawolves keeper Sofia Manner stopped the only shot Iona managed to get on goal to earn her second consecutive clean sheet and third of the season.

Up next for Stony Brook is Long Island rival Hofstra on Sunday. Kick off at Hofstra Soccer Stadium is 1 p.m.