Stony Brook women's soccer clinches playoff berth with OT win over UNH
Durham, N.H. - Freshman Raven Edwards (West Orange, N.J.) scored with five minutes remaining in double OT to help the Stony Brook women's soccer team clinch an America East playoff berth with a 1-0 win at New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon.
"We're extremely proud of the way we competed today. We left everything out there on the field and received several standout performances from many players. This was definitely a team effort, going on the road, playing on a grass field and winning in overtime. We really feel that we're starting to peak at the right time."
--Head coach Sue Ryan
- After a scoreless deadock through the first 100 minutes, the Seawolves (9-5-3, 3-3-1 AE) turned up the offensive pressure in the second overtime. Just seconds after a Stony Brook corner kick, senior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) gathered a loose ball on the left wing and sent a cross into the box. The ball took a deflection off a defender, but landed on the foot of Edwards at the far post, who directed it off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.
The Numbers Game
- New Hampshire (5-10-2, 3-3-1 AE) held the advantage in shots, 21-17
- Seawolves' keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) made six saves to earn her fourth shutout of the year.
- Wildcats' netminder Erica Correa turned aside eight Stony Brook shots
- Freshman Krister Baker (Easley, S.C.) and junior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) each had four shots to lead SBU.
- Edwards now leads the team with three game-winning goals this season.
With one game remaining in the regular season, five of the six America East postseason spots have been clinched. Boston University has wrapped up the regular season title, but due to its impending move to the Patriot League, is not eligible to compete in the conference playoffs. As a result, Hartford will go into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, regardless of Sunday's result against Stony Brook. The Seawolves (10 points) can still finish as high as second in the standings and as low as sixth.
The Seawolves wrap up the regular season Sunday at home on Senior Day against Hartford at 1 p.m. Prior to the match, Stony Brook will honor its three seniors: Kershaw, Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del.) and Colleen McKenna (Manorville, N.Y.).
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