Francese The Hero In Stony Brook WSOC Win Over St. John’s

Stony Brook, Alyssa Francese
Alyssa Francese scored the game-winning goal for Stony Brook. Photo: Greg Sleter/

Alyssa Francese’s goal three minutes into extra time gave the Stony Brook women’s soccer team a 1-0 win over St. John’s Thursday night at LaValle Stadium.

The win moves Stony Brook to 3-1 on the season. St. John’s drops to 1-3.

Francese would wear the title of hero thanks in part to the efforts of her teammates Skylar Papele of Holtsville and Erin O’Connor of Setauket. 

A pass from Papele sent O’Connor down the near sideline where she was able to connect a pass with Francese inside the Red Storm’s penalty box. With her back to the goal, Francese was able to gain control, turn and fire a shot that beat St. John’s keeper Naya Lipkens for her second goal of the season.

The final score, however, was not reflective of how Stony Brook dominated play throughout the match. The Seawolves outshot the Red Storm 20 to 3 (on goal 12 to 1) and high-pressed St. John’s throughout much of the game. In fact, Stony Brook’s defensive effort limited St. John’s offensive star Zsani Kajan, who a year ago scored a hat-trick vs. the Seawolves, to one shot on goal.

“I think we had a pretty good gameplan,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “I think we were prepared very well and that is all thanks to my coaching staff. We created quite a lot of chances against a very well-coached team. The finishing will come later in the season but we had a lot of chances tonight and it was awesome to see us push the ball as well as we did to win the game.”

While Stony Brook had a dozen shots on goal for the game, Lipkens was up to the challenge stopping the first 11 shots in regulation. At the mid-way point of the second half, it appeared as if the Seawolves grabbed the lead as O’Connor found the back of the net. But the play was ruled offside.

Junior keeper Sofia Manner earned the clean sheet for Stony Brook making one save. She also played the sweeper-keeper role on several occasions as she cleared several long-balls played by St. John’s over the Seawolves backline.

Up next for Stony Brook is a Sunday matinee matchup with Hofstra. Kickoff at LaValle Stadium is 1 p.m. St. John’s will also be back in action Sunday afternoon against LaSalle at Belson Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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