Stonehill Falls At Southern Connecticut State On Late Goal, 2-1

Sophomore forward Lauren Kapatoes scored her fourth goal of the season, but Stonehill fell at Southern Connecticut State, 2-1.

Sophomore forward Lauren Kapatoes nets fourth of the season for the Skyhawks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (October 18, 2014) – Sophomore forward Lauren Kapatoes (Hopedale, Massachusetts/Hopedale) gave Stonehill College a 1-0 lead early in the first half, but Southern Connecticut State University scored two unanswered goals to earn a 2-1 victory this evening in Northeast-10 Conference women's soccer action at Jess Dow Field.

Stonehill opened the scoring in the 17th minute when freshman forward Meredith Moore (Salem, Connecticut/East Lyme) sent a cross from the right side into the box, where Kapatoes tipped the ball into the net for her fourth goal of the season.

The Owls got on the board at the 29:10 mark, as freshman midfielder Betti Worth (Bolton, England/Westhoughton) found senior forward Hannah Spreckley (York, England/Woodgate College) to even the score at one.  

The game remained tied at one heading into the break and for the early part of the second half, although Stonehill had several opportunities to take the lead. The Skyhawks registered a shot on goal and a pair of corner kicks less than two minutes into the second half, but Southern Connecticut State sophomore goalkeeper Erica Ridella (Warwick, New York/Warwick Valley) kept the score even.  

The Owls struck for the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute, as freshman midfielder Victoria Conde (Madrid, Spain/Complutense) connected on a through ball with classmate Victoria Buonanni (Durham, Connecticut/Coginchaug), who netted her second of the season.

Stonehill had a few more chances to draw even in the final ten minutes, with shots by senior midfielder Jordan Bell (Pemberton, New Jersey/Holy Cross) and junior forward Meagan Elliott (Norton, Massachusetts/Norton) in addition to a corner kick, but the Skyhawks were unable to find the equalizer.

Stonehill outshot Southern Connecticut State 15-11 in the contest, including a 10-3 advantage in the second half. The Skyhawks also held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

Despite giving up two goals, Stonehill sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Block (Georgetown, Massachusetts/Georgetown) turned aside five shots for the Skyhawks. Ridella made six saves on the other end for the Owls.

Stonehill (7-5-1, 5-4-1 NE-10) will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon at rival Bentley University, before returning home next Saturday, October 25th to host the College of Saint Rose on Senior Day. Southern Connecticut State (9-3-1, 8-2-1 NE-10) will head to Albany, New York on Tuesday night to take on Saint Rose.

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