For the second time in program history, Stony Brook’s women’s soccer team is heading to the NCAAs.
On Sunday, the Seawolves topped Vermont 2-1 to win the America East Soccer Championship at home and earn the automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Tournament. Alyssa Francese and Manuela Corcho each scored in the victory for Stony Brook, which improved to 11-10-0 (4-4-0 AEC).
“I’m just super excited for our student-athletes that they get to continue playing and represent Stony Brook University in the NCAA Tournament,” said Brendan Faherty, Stony Brook’s head coach. “It’s quite an honor for all of us.”
Francese gave the Seawolves an early lead 1-0, finding the back of the net in the 18th minute. The freshman collected a pass from Kaitlin Loughren (Huntington), pushed the ball upfield and blasted it into the back of the net for her ninth goal of the year. Fanny Gotesson was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Corcho then made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute, collecting a pass from Rachel Florenz (East Islip) and finishing an open look on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Sofia Manner recorded five saves in the win, earning her 10th victory of the year. She now has an 0.84 goals allowed average, and a .826 save percentage this year.
“This win is for all of us, it’s for the entire athletic department and the university,” Faherty said. “This game showed a lot about our character, it wasn’t our best performance – but I’m happy that we get to continue playing. It’s an incredible feeling.”