|Sophomore Hannah Fay's first career goal in the 77th minute proved to be the game-winner in Stonehill's 4-2 win over Assumption tonight.|
Skyhawks advance to Saturday's Catholic Cup championship match with four unanswered goals
MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 5, 2014) – The Stonehill College women's soccer team rallied from an early deficit with four unanswered goals in a 4-2, season-opening victory over Assumption College this evening in a Catholic Cup semifinal contest at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Trailing 2-1 in the 74th minute, Stonehill senior midfielder Carolyn Moodie (Littleton, Massachusetts/Littleton) found classmate Christine Moodie (Littleton, Massachusetts/Littleton) for the equalizer with a lob from the right wing. Three minutes later, sophomore forward Hannah Fay (Tolland, Connecticut/Tolland) gave the Skyhawks their first lead of the contest, as she scored her first career goal on an unassisted take through the penalty area.
Sophomore forward Lauren Kapatoes (Hopedale, Massachusetts/Hopedale) capped off the surge with Stonehill's third goal in seven minutes when she headed home a cross from junior forward Meagan Elliott (Norton, Massachusetts/Norton) in the 81st minute to put the Skyhawks up 4-2.
Starting her first collegiate game in goal, sophomore Jamie Block (Georgetown, Massachusetts/Georgetown) made a game-high nine saves. Block allowed two goals in the first half, but stopped all three shots that came her way in the second half to make Stonehill's comeback possible.
Assumption got on the board early in the contest, as junior midfielder Paige Radomski (Kingstown, Massachusetts/Silver Lake Regional) found the back of the net in the fifth minute following a cross from sophomore midfielder Emily Hill (Dedham, Massachusetts/Dedham).
The Greyhounds then doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when freshman forward Amanda Arnold (Dayton, Maine/Thornton Academy) capitalized on a Stonehill turnover in the penalty area and beat Block for the game's second score.
Stonehill, which held a 6-1 advantage on corner kicks in the first half, broke through on a corner attempt in the 34th minute, as sophomore Claire O'Brien (West Hartford, Connecticut/Hall) scored from the top of the box to cut Assumption's lead in half.
Assumption senior goalkeeper Rachel Edgin (Whitesboro, New York/Whitesboro) made five saves in the loss.
With the win, Stonehill (1-0, 0-0 Northeast-10) advances to tomorrow's Catholic Cup Championship match at 3 p.m. The Skyhawks will take on the winner of tonight's Saint Michael's College/Saint Anselm College contest. Assumption (0-1, 0-0 NE-10) will play in tomorrow's consolation match at 1 p.m. against the loser of the Saint Michael's/Saint Anselm match.