Women's Soccer Improves to 3-1, Downs Regionally-Ranked Pace, 1-0, in NE10 Opener

Women's Soccer Improves to 3-1, Downs Regionally-Ranked Pace, 1-0, in NE10 Opener

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team improved to 3-1 by downing regionally-ranked Pace University, 1-0, during their Northeast-10 Conference openers on Saturday in Pace Stadium. The Setters were 10th in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll. The only scoring in the contest came on a 57th-minute own goal that went in the Purple Knights' favor.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-1, 1-0 NE10), Pace (2-1, 0-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • First-year Perri Anderson, 4 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Escobedo registered her third shutout of the season.
  • Saint Michael's is 3-1 for the first time since 2008.
  • The Purple Knights had last won their NE10 opener in 2016 and had not claimed their NE10 road opener since 2001. Both games were 2-1 victories.
  • Each of the Purple and Gold's last six games since 2019 has been decided by a goal or less, as all three of its wins this year are by 1-0 finals. Through just four games, Saint Michael's already has its most 1-0 wins since 2009.
  • The Purple Knights snapped Pace's regular-season shutout streak at 510:06, a run that began on Nov. 2, 2019.
  • Only one of the Purple and Gold's five goals this season has come by an individual in the flow of play, with two on penalty kicks, one on a free kick and now an own goal.
  • Saint Michael's snapped a seven-game series losing streak.
  • Today's game was the first of three straight for the Purple Knights against teams ranked in this week's East Region poll.
  • Both teams fired nine shots, while Pace took four of the five corner kicks.

THE ACTION

  • First-year back Elani Gikas (Peabody, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) fired from 45 yards in the 24th minute but just missed over the crossbar.
  • In the 52nd minute, sophomore Amber Probasco took a through ball and carried down the right side of the box but had a point-blank bid kicked away by a sliding Escobedo.
  • Saint Michael's scored the game's only goal in unusual fashion in the 57th minute. After first-year Christina Cummings' (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) back-heal pass through three defenders sent sophomore Claire Williams (Saint Leonard, Md./Calvert) alone on goal, Williams slipped a shot on a charging Anderson, who made the save. However, two backtracking defenders caught up with the play just in time for the ball to rebound out, off of one of them, directly over the netminder and into the net at 56:37.
  • Three Pace corner kicks between the 84th and 89th minutes yielded no shots, and senior Carolina Ivanov sent a long shot early in the final minute that Escobedo caught and covered under pressure to clinch the win.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 3:30 p.m.
  • The Penmen were 17th in this week's United Soccer Coaches national poll and second in the East Region rankings.
  • Southern New Hampshire qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments.