Stony Brook WSOC Capture Share Of America East Title

Stony Brook, Sofia Manner
Sofia Manner. Photo: Jim Harrison/Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook’s women’s soccer team returned to Long Island with a share of the America East regular-season title and home-field advantage for the post-season following a scoreless draw Thursday night at Hartford.

The Seawolves will host the winner of No. 4 University of New Hampshire and No. 5 Binghamton on Thursday, November 7, at 6 p.m. in an America East Semifinal. UNH and Binghamton will play on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Stony Brook closes out Tobias Bischof’s rookie campaign as head coach with a record of 12-5-1 (6-1-1 America East).

“This was the first of many goals,” Bischof said. “It’s a process and we are happy that we took the first step tonight. Now, it really starts. The team has tremendous heart and it doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, they work hard. We are happy with where we are, finishing in first place. Now we get ready for our semifinal.”

In a match that at times was played in a wind-swept rain, Stony Brook outshot Hartford 14-10 with both teams getting five shots on target. Alyssa Francese had four shots while Rachel Florenz and Paula Petri each had two shots.

Seawolves keeper Sofia Manner made five saves in 110 minutes of action to earn her third consecutive clean sheet and ninth on the season.