O’Connor’s Brace Leads Stony Brook Past New Hampshire

Erin O'Connor scored twice to lead Stony Brook. Photo: Jim Harrison/Stony Brook Athletics

Through her first 17 games this season, Setauket’s Erin O’Connor had one goal for Stony Brook’s women’s soccer team, which came against West Virginia on September 12.

Thursday night, O’Connor scored twice to lead the Seawolves past No. 4 New Hampshire 2-1 in the semi-finals of the America East Women’s Soccer Championship. Stony Brook will host No. 3 Hartford on Sunday at LaValle Stadium in the finals. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Hartford advanced by defeating No. 2 Albany 3-2.

“New Hampshire is a very well-coached team with a lot of seniors,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “They performed really well and made it hard for us to find our offensive groove. We have some players who can shine in those moments and it was an overall great team effort. We know we can score if we create chances and just made a couple of changes at halftime and it worked out for us.”

Scoreless through the first hour of play, the game’s three goals would come in a span of four minutes. 

Stony Brook would take the lead in the 60th minute as Kimmy Chavkin played a ball long that was flicked on by Fanny Götesson to O’Connor, who took a touch to her right foot and fired it home.

But just one minute later New Hampshire would level the match as Kaylan Williams found the back of the net.

However, three minutes later O’Connor would get her brace as she took down a long ball in the box from Chavkin and finished over New Hampshire keeper Cat Sheppard with her right foot.

Sophia Manner made two saves in goal for Stony Brook to earn the win. 

Game Notes

  • O’Connor became the fifth Seawolves player this season to have double-figure points in a season.
  • Chavkin recorded her first two points of the season and now sits with 11 career assists.
  • With her 18th career assist, Götesson ties Tessa Devereaux for the most this millennium and is now one from tying the program’s Division I record.
  • 13 wins bring Stony Brook within one of the program record, set in 1988.