Junior forward Alyssa Francese during the game against Hofstra on Sunday, Sept. 8. She scored the first goal versus Delaware State on Sunday, Sept. 29. ABHI CHERATH/THE STATESMAN

In a feat of defensive domination, the Stony Brook women’s soccer team overcame the Delaware State Hornets 5-0 in Dover this Sunday, Sept. 29, allowing the Hornets only one shot over the course of 90 minutes. In the highest-scoring outing for Stony Brook thus far and the fourth shutout for the team’s defense this season, the Seawolves ended the day with 26 shots and 16 shots on goal against a winless Hornets team and fell to 0-11 with the loss.

The first goal for the Seawolves came 26 minutes in from junior forward Alyssa Francese, a rebound shot at close range assisted by junior forward Fanny Götesson and junior midfielder Chelsie DePonte. Sophomore midfielder Arianna Barbieri followed ten minutes later with her first goal of the season, an unassisted 20-yard dead-center shot. The Seawolves closed the first half with a goal shot at point-blank range by junior forward Rachel Florenz, with assists by freshman defender Rachael Peters and sophomore forward Tatum Kauka, bringing the score to 3-0 going into halftime.

Stony Brook’s offensive momentum carried on into the second half, opening with a goal by Götesson in the game’s 46th minute on a perfectly executed cross from the right corner by junior forward Erin O’Connor. With Delaware State’s offensive effectively suppressed, the Seawolves ended the game with a second goal by Francese in the 67th minute, her sixth of the season, assisted by freshman midfielder Paula Petri.

“I’m glad we finished a tough stretch of three road games with a professional performance,” head coach Tobias Bischof said in a press release. “We practice hard every day and it is good to see a lot of players compete today.”

The Seawolves end their non-conference season with a 7-4 record, the first time the team has recorded six non-conference wins during the regular season since 2012. They are set to begin their America East schedule on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium against the UMBC Retrievers, who are coming off a 1-5-2 non-conference season.


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