Stony Brook WSOC Defeats Maine To Open AE Play

Stony Brook, Rachel Florenz
Rachel Florenz. Photo: Stony Brook Athletics/Jim Harrison

Stony Brook opened the conference portion of its schedule with a 2-0 win over America East rival Maine on the road at Mahaney Diamond Stadium on Sunday.

The Seawolves got the ball rolling early against the Black Bears. Junior Alyssa Francese scored her fourth of the season to give Stony Brook a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute. Just three minutes later, East Islip’s Rachel Florenz scored her first of the season to extend the Seawolves lead.

“This was a tough game for us, coming off the Fordham game on Thursday and having to go on the road against a well-coach and well-organized Maine team,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “They came into the game 4-2 and I am very pleased with our performance to open league play.”

On the game’s first goal, Paula Petri played a through ball to junior Fanny Gotesson. The native of Sweden secured the ball near the end line and her low cross found Francese who hit the back of the net.

The second goal started with a set-piece. Junior Kimmy Chavkin’s delivery into the penalty box was deflected by a Maine defender and that deflection fell to Florenz whose header to the far post found its way over the goal line.

Maine, however, continued to pressure Stony Brook and would finish the match outshooting the Seawolves 15-8 (8-5 on goal). Seawolves keeper Sofia Manner has a strong match making eight saves to earn the clean sheet.

Up next for Stony Brook (6-3-0, 1-0-0 America East) is a Wednesday matchup with Boston University. Game time is 6 p.m.