Soccer wraps up spring season with unbeaten record
May 2, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team finished its spring season with a 1-1 draw against Wagner and a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday to wrap up an undefeated campaign with a 5-0-4 record. Junior Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del.) scored a goal in both games to pace the Seawolves.
In the first game against Wagner, Stony Brook struck first as Schoenbeck slotted home her first of the day 18 minutes from the opening whistle with a blast that soared over the shoulder of the Seahawks' keeper.
Wagner was able to knot things up four minutes later, however, capitalizing on a breakaway chance that eluded Seawolves' keeper Allyson Lambros (La Habra, Calif.).
Stony Brook came close to re-taking the lead late in the second half as junior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) took an Eliza Mendoza (Fontana, Calif.) pass and dribbled by the Wagner keeper, but her attempt at the open net was cleared away by a defender to preserve the tie.
In the second game vs. Sacred Heart, the Seawolves again started fast as sophomore Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) played in senior Colleen McKenna (Manorville, N.Y.) in the second minute, but the Pioneers' keeper made a good save to keep the match scoreless.
Only three minutes later, Stony Brook did break through as sophomore Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) touched the ball on to Schoenbeck to make it 1-0.
The Seawolves doubled the advantage in the 17th minute, using some impressive combination play from Garufi, Kershaw and McKenna that resulted in the senior bagging the goal.
Stony Brook then added a third in the 35th minute when a Kershaw shot took a deflection off a Sacred Heart defender and spun past the keeper.
At the other end, sophomore Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) kept a clean-sheet in goal for Stony Brook, making a pair of key saves in the 14th and 22nd minutes.
Following the Sacred Heart win, Stony Brook celebrated its women's soccer alumnae with a game involving past and current Seawolves players. The match proved to be a fun, goal-filled affair as nearly 20 women's soccer alumnae turned out for the occasion.
The light-hearted alumnae event put an exclamation point on one of the most successful spring seasons in program history. Not only did Stony Brook go unbeaten, it also scored a pair of positive results against regional powerhouses Boston College (0-0) and Marist (1-1). The Eagles advanced to the 2010 NCAA Final Four and the 2011 Sweet Sixteen, before bowing out to the eventual national champion, Stanford. Marist, meanwhile, won the MAAC and made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011 as well.