Stony Brook Tops Hartford To Secure American East Crown

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Photo: Stony Brook Women's Soccer Twitter page.

The Stony Brook women’s soccer team is headed back to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship following its 2-1 win over Hartford in the America East Championship final Sunday at LaValle Stadium.

Junior Erin O’Connor of Setauket and Fanny Götesson each scored for Seawolves, which tied a school record by reaching the 14-win mark. This is the second time in three years that Stony Brook has won the America East crown.

The Seawolves will find out its opening-round opponent in the NCAA tournament on Monday. 

“Our goal throughout this season was to do this,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s first-year head coach. “It started in the preseason, through the non-conference, trying to figure out what this team is and what we can do. It’s good for the team. I’m super proud of them. They found a way to get here and winning it is absolutely awesome.”

On Sunday afternoon against Hartford, Stony Brook would score first. Following her two-goal performance against New Hampshire on Thursday, O’Connor scored for the third time in two games in the 28th minute to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

The contest would remain a one-goal game until the 72nd minute when Alyssa Francese fed Götesson whose far-post shot found the back of the net to put Stony Brook ahead 2-0. 

Hartford’s Molly Socha would pull a goal back in the 81st minute but would get no closer. 

O’Connor and Götesson were joined by junior Chelsie DePonte and senior Francesca Lee on the All-Championship Team. O’Connor was the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player scoring three of the Seawolves’ four goals in the America East postseason.