Alyssa Francese scored a golden goal for Stony Brook. (Photo courtesy of Stony Brook’s SID)
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Sophomore Alyssa Francese converted a penalty kick in extratime to lift the Stony Brook University women to a 2-1 win over Oregon State Sunday.
The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 94th minute as the Seawolves (1-1) held on for the win. They dropped a 2-1 decision to the University of Oregon Friday.
The Beavers (0-2) were called for a hand ball on a cross through the penalty area, gave the Seawolves a penalty kick as Francese tallied her second goal in as many matches. This one turned out to be a golden one.
“This was a very encouraging weekend for our team, and it’s nice to be rewarded with a win against a very organized Oregon State team,” head coach Brendan Faherty said. “We didn’t have the best opening 45 minutes, but I thought our energy and work rate were fantastic in the second half and overtime.
“Our athletic department has high expectations for all programs, and expects our teams to compete against Power 5 programs. It’s a good feeling for our group to get the first Power 5 win for Stony Brook University in the 2018-19 academic year.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Sofia Manner (Helsinki, Finland) dominated in goal in the first half, as neither team was able to get on the board. Manner matched her previous career best in the first 45 minutes, making nine saves as the Beavers outshot Stony Brook, 12-6. Manner finished with a career-high 12 saves in the game.
In the 72nd minute, senior Kaitlin Loughren (Huntington, N.Y.) sent a quick pass to freshman Tatum Kauka (Wahiawa, Hawaii), who crossed the ball into the box. Senior Julie Johnstonbaugh (Neshanic Station, N.J.) sent it into the back of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The hosts quickly equalized, as Oregon State put away a free kick from the top of the box less than two minutes later.
The Seawolves will remain on the road this week as they travel to Notre Dame on Thursday before visiting Seton Hall Sunday, Aug. 26.