Neither Rain Nor New Hampshire Can Stop Stony Brook

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Stony Brook overcame the elements to defeat New Hampshire. Photo: JIm Harrison/Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s soccer team overcame the elements and the New Hampshire Wildcats to grab a 2-0 win and secure at least one home game in the upcoming America East Women’s Soccer Tournament.

The Seawolves (12-5, 6-1 America East) also remain in first place leading second-place Albany by two points. A win or a draw in the regular-season finale October 31 against Hartford will allow Stony Brook to clinch its second consecutive conference title. Kickoff on Halloween is 6 p.m.

At LaValle Stadium on Sunday, the match between Stony Brook and New Hampshire was delayed for more than two hours as rain-soaked much of Long Island.

When the teams finally hit the wet pitch, neither could find the back of the net through the first 45. Stony Brook would take control of the match in the second half as Alyssa Francese and East Islip’s Rachel Florenz each scored to give the Seawolves the two-goal margin of victory.

“It was obviously very difficult circumstances with the heavy rain and over two-hour delay after 21 minutes,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “It’s tough to stay focused but that’s one of the strengths of our team. They are staying focused and can handle difficult circumstances, which is not easy, but they did a terrific job.”

Stony Brook’s first goal came in the 57th minute. A free-kick from freshman Paula Petri found Francese, who redirected the ball into the net for her 12th goal of the season.

Goal number two came in the 68th minute. Petri was again involved as she touched a pass to Florenz who would finish for her fourth goal of the season.

In goal, Sofia Manner made five saves to earn her eighth clean sheet of the season, which is two off the school’s single-season record.

Game notes

  • Francese’s goal is her 12th of the season, the most by a Seawolves player since 2000. Her seven game-winning goals are second in the nation.
  • Stony Brook finishes the regular season 7-2 at home.
  • The Seawolves have won six of their last seven games, outscoring opposition 19-3.
  • For the fourth consecutive season, Stony Brook will have a home playoff game.