A Second-Half Burst Drives Stony Brook Past UMBC

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Photo: Jim Harrison/Stony Brook Athletics

The first half of Thursday’s night’s women’s soccer match between Stony Brook and UMBC was a quiet affair with the two teams combining for only six shots.

However, the story in the second half was the opposite as the Seawolves grabbed hold of the match by scoring three goals in 64 seconds on its way to a 4-0 home win over the Retrievers. Stony Brook improved to 8-4-0 overall (2-0-0 America East). 

“I thought we did a good job of executing our gameplan tonight,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “At halftime, we just reminded them of what that was and how we needed to attack it better and we did that in the second half.”

With the game scoreless approaching the hour mark, the Seawolves’ offensive explosion would begin with Alyssa Francese in the 59th minute. The junior scored the first of her two goals on the night from the penalty spot after drawing a foul inside the UMBC penalty area.

A mere 27 seconds later, East Islip’s Rachel Florenz would take a feed from Chelsie DePonte and score with a shot over the keeper and into the left corner of the goal.

With an assist already in her pocket, DePonte 37 seconds later would score to extend Stony Brook’s lead to three after causing a turnover deep in UMBC’s defensive zone and slotting a shot just inside the far post.

Francese would get her second of the match in the 69th minute after also causing a turnover deep in the Retrievers’ defensive zone. She then caught UMBC keeper Jade Wilkins out of position and easy slotted home to extend Stony Brook’s lead to 4-0.

The Seawolves dominated play in the second half outshooting UMBC 19-2 and 23-4 overall.

Francese has scored two goals in back-to-back games and has five goals over her past four matches. Her eight goals on the season are one short of her career-high of nine achieved during her freshman season. Also, her five game-winning goals this season has her tied for the lead in Division I. 

Similar to her Stony Brook teammate, Florenz has been hot lately for the Seawolves scoring three goals over her past four games.

In goal, Stony Brook keeper Sofia Manner earned her fifth clean sheet of the season and fourth in the past five games.

The Seawolves will hit the road and head upstate for a major America East Conference clash with Binghamton (8-2-2, 2-0-1 America East) on Sunday. Kickoff is 1 p.m.