BIDDEFORD, Maine – University of New England (1-0) topped Saint Joseph's College (0-1), 4-1, in what was the 2017 season opener for both programs in non-conference women's soccer action on Friday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
A 10-minute span proved to be the difference for the Nor'easters in a game that was tied 1-1 early in the second half after UNE sophomore Katie Beaudoin (Coventry, R.I.) and SJC senior Lauren Stiles (Gorham, Maine) scored in the 38th and 48th minutes, respectively.
After Stiles scored on a loose ball to tie the game at the 47:42 mark, the Nor'easters managed to net three unanswered tallies in short order, with Beaudoin, Brianna Cota (Hampden, Maine), and Becca Murphy (Durham, N.H.) all hitting paydirt in the 49th, 51st, and 59th minutes.
Saint Joseph's senior goalie Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) made five saves in a losing effort while UNE split time in net, with junior Emily Ashman (Madison, Conn.) posting a pair of stops in the first half and freshman Jenna Pannone (Prospect, Conn.) picking up the win with four saves in the second stanza.
The Nor'easters maintained slim advantages in shots (14-13) and shots on goal (9-7) while both teams were awarded two corner kicks, both in the first half.
With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 13-12-3 in the history of the series with University of New England and has now suffered five-consecutive losses at the hands of the Nor'easters…the Monks are now 15-14-1 all-time in season-openers and have dropped four-consecutive inaugural contests, all at the hands of UNE.
Saint Joseph's will host Husson University Sunday at Deering Memorial Stadium in Portland at 1:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.