Women's soccer halted by Hartford
Oct. 6, 2011
West Hartford, Conn. - Caitlin Alves scored two goals and set up another as the Hartford Hawks downed the Stony Brook women's soccer team by a 3-0 score on Thursday at Alumni Stadium.
One of only eight remaining undefeated teams in the nation, Hartford (11-0-2, 4-0-0 AE) struck first as Alves sent a cross into the box for Mary Beth Hamilton, who collected the ball and directed it into the lower left corner to make it 1-0 in the 23rd minute.
The score remained until the turning point in the match in the 52nd minute. Senior Dana Adamkiewicz (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) had a great chance to equalize on a 1-on-1 opportunity, but her shot was stopped by Hartford keeper Erin Quinlan, who dove to her left to tip away the attempt. Hartford then scooped up the ball and raced up the field on the counterattack, which eventually culminated in Alves' first goal of the match to double the lead.
"We started brightly in the second half and had a great chance to equalize, but we couldn't finish it off," head coach Sue Ryan said. "The play was a big momentum swing in the match."
Alves then stung the Seawolves again 20 minutes later, taking a Chanel Johnson header in the box and chipping Stony Brook keeper Chelsea Morales (Temecula, Calif.) to round out the scoring.
Hartford had 17 shot attempts to Stony Brook's seven, but it was the Seawolves that had more shots on target by a 5-4 margin. The Hartford defense, bolstered by Quinlan, pitched its 10th shutout of the year and reduced its team goals against average to 0.22, good for the second best mark in the nation.
Stony Brook (3-9-1, 1-2-1 AE) returns to action Sunday at LaValle Stadium against New Hampshire at 2 p.m.
"After starting conference play with three of the first four games on the road, we're excited to come home for three of our final four games," Ryan added. "We're excited about hosting UNH at home, where we believe we are very tough to beat."