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Women’s Soccer Stopped at No. 1 Saint Rose, 3-1

Delaney Farinha

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 10, 2022) -- It was straight into the deep end for the Franklin Pierce University women's soccer team on  Saturday afternoon, as the Ravens opened the Northeast-10 Conference portion of their schedule with a trip to the Cap City to take on No. 1 nationally-ranked Saint Rose. The two-time defending NE10 champion and 2021 national finalist scored twice in the first half, which stood as the difference, as the two teams traded second-half goals and Saint Rose went on to the 3-1 victory.

Franklin Pierce suffered its first loss of the season and fell to 3-1-1 (0-1-0 NE10), while Saint Rose remained perfect at 5-0-0 (1-0-0 NE10).

Saint Rose held a 5-2 advantage in shot attempts in the first half, as the two teams felt each other out. The Ravens nearly kept things scoreless until halftime, but then conceded twice in the final 2.5 minutes of the opening frame. The Golden Knights opened the scoring on a corner kick in the 43rd minute, after freshman Madelyn Wania served the ball from the left-wing corner. The ball fell at the top of the six-yard box and pinballed indiscriminately for a moment, before freshman Ella Brower was able to get her foot to it and volley her first collegiate goal into the left side of the net.

Saint Rose needed just 42 seconds to double the lead, in the 44th minute, off a free kick some 40 yards in front of the left post. For the second straight game, the Franklin Pierce back line was beat cleanly on a set piece, as senior Sanna Rein curled the kick towards the far post. Graduate student Kaelyn Britt slipped unmarked behind the defense and had a relatively simple one-touch volley into the left side of the goal for her fourth score of the season.

The pace picked up in the second half, as the two sides combined for 17 shot attempts after halftime, 10-7 in favor of Saint Rose. It would be 3-0 before the first 10 minutes of the second half expired, as the Golden Knights struck again in the 53rd minute. Sophomore Mia Klammer cleanly beat her defender down the left wing and led the rush into the box. She found freshman Emilie Kristensen out front for a one-touch finish and the latter's first career score.

Franklin Pierce was able to get one back in the 76th minute, to create the 3-1 final. Deep in the right-wing corner, sophomore Jasmine Perez-Acosta (Cape Coral, Fla.) was able to play cat-and-mouse with her marker, graduate student Myah Hughes, slong enough to open a lane for a centering feed. Her service found the head of sophomore Delaney Farinha (Preston, Conn.) just outside the top of the six-yard box, and the Nutmeg State native put it just inside the right post for her second goal in as many games. Farinha is now on a three-game point streak (2-1-5).

It was another day of split action in the Franklin Pierce net. Sophomore Emilie Fox (Bridgewater, Mass.) played the first half, made one save against three shots, and suffered the loss (1-1-1). Fellow sophomore Gabby Calidonio (Flagler Beach, Fla.) took over for the second half and made one save against two shots. At the other end of the field, sophomore Pia Bozic (5-0-0) made three saves against four shots in the win for Saint Rose.

The Ravens are back home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, as they host Saint Anselm in an NE10 contest at 7 p.m. on Sodexo Field.