Women's soccer welcomes Vermont in conference clash
Oct. 3, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Fresh off a thrilling overtime victory over Binghamton on Sunday, the Stony Brook women's soccer team will look to continue its winning ways at home on Thursday against Vermont at 7 p.m. The Seawolves are unbeaten (4-0-2) in six home matches so far this season.
Freshman Kristen Baker (Easley, S.C.) scored two goals, including the OT winner, in Sunday's win over the Bearcats to give the Seawolves (7-3-2) their first America East win of the season. For her efforts, Baker was named the conference's Rookie of the Week on Monday. Baker is the second Seawolf to be named America East Rookie of the Week (Aley Leonardi) in 2012 and is the fourth Stony Brook player to be honored in the conference weekly awards as senior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Caitlin Pfeiffer (Holland, N.Y.) each took home Player of the Week accolades earlier this year.
Through 12 games, the Seawolves lead the conference in shots with 17.92 attempts per game. Stony Brook also tops the America East in assists with 19, led by freshman Tessa Devereaux (Fayetteville, N.Y.) who is tied for the conference lead with five. Junior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) ranks second in the America East with 34 shots, while junior keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) ranks second with 59 saves.
Despite having lost 10 of 11 games this season, Vermont (1-10, 0-2 AE) has played several close games, including most recently, a 2-1 overtime loss against defending conference champion Boston University. After a 2-0 win over Central Connecticut on Aug. 24, the Catamounts have lost eight straight; however, seven of those losses were by a one-goal margin.
Bre Pletnik leads the team in goals (4), points (9), shots (20) and shots on goal (13). Ally Ramos, Sarah Leiby and Morgan Nichols have split time in goal with Ramos (five starts, 10 games played) seeing the majority of the action.
Vermont has been a very slow starter in 2012 with just two first-half goals all season. The Catamounts have come alive in second halves, however, with nine goals after the intermission.
Around the Conference
In America East action last weekend, Hartford (7-2-3, 3-0 AE) knocked off New Hampshire (3-8-2, 1-1-1 AE) by a 1-0 score thanks to a late strike from Shealagh Begley. In Baltimore, host UMBC (1-8-3, 0-2-1 AE) played to a 1-1 draw against Maine (5-4-2, 1-1-1 AE) with Rachel McKee and Charlene Achille accounting for the goals. Boston University (7-5-1, 3-0 AE) needed overtime to beat Vermont as Madison Clemens netted two goals, including the overtime winner.
On the Horizon
Following Thursday's match, Stony Brook will head to Boston University on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest against the Terriers.