Women's soccer kicks off conference play Thursday at Albany

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Junior Ahriel Fernandez
 
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Sept. 26, 2012

Albany, N.Y. - After posting a 6-2-2 record during non-conference play, the Stony Brook women's soccer team will open America East action on Thursday at Albany at 1 p.m. The Seawolves are unbeaten in their last three matches and have lost only once in the past nine games.

Stony Brook

With a six-day layoff, Stony Brook has not played since last Friday's 1-1 draw against Loyola (Md). The Greyhounds struck first early in the second half, but freshman Raven Edwards (West Orange, N.J.) answered with a late equalizer after freshman Stella Norman's shot glanced off her back and into the net.

Edwards is second on the team with three goals, trailing only senior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.), who has four. Ten different players have scored in 2012 for Stony Brook; of the team's 17 goals, nine have been scored by freshmen.

On Monday, Stony Brook was ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Northeast Regional Poll. This marks the fourth consecutive week the Seawolves have been ranked, with No. 7 representing the team's highest slot this year. Stony Brook was also ranked No. 61 in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 64 rankings, maintaining the spot for the second straight week.

Albany

The Great Danes (3-7-1, 0-1-0 America East) enter Thursday's matchup on a four-game slide, having not won a game since a 5-2 decision over Cornell on Sept. 9. In its most recent match, Albany fell to Boston University by a 3-1 score in the conference opener for both teams.

Albany has scored four or more goals three times this season, but has also conceded two or more goals in each of the last nine games. As a result, the Great Danes have the top-ranked offense in the conference (1.91 goals/game), but also the lowest-ranked defense (2.64 goals allowed/game).

Senior Shayla Bergeron is having a terrific season offensively with six goals and 15 points through 11 games. In goal, Alana Brennan (2.43 GAA) and Jackie Ubert (2.73 GAA) have shared time with Brennan earning all three victories.

Around the Conference

America East play commenced last weekend with four matches: Albany at BU, Binghamton at Hartford, Vermont at Maine, and UMBC at New Hampshire (Stony Brook was on a bye).

In West Hartford, Conn., the America East's leading scorer Amelia Pereira converted an 86th minute penalty kick to send Hartford to a 1-0 win over the visiting Bearcats. Five goals were scored in Orono, Maine between the Black Bears and Catamounts, but in the end, Maine prevailed by a 3-2 score thanks to an 86th minute winner from Maggie Malone. New Hampshire held serve at home with a 2-1 win over UMBC courtesy of a 69th minute penalty kick from Kristen Corder, while BU knocked off Albany, 3-1, with three unanswered goals.

On the Horizon

Following Stony Brook's trip to Albany, the Seawolves will return home for their conference home opener Sunday against Binghamton at 2 p.m.