Sofia Manner made some key saves for the Stony Brook women. (Stony Brook Photo by Jim Harrison)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Freshman Mari Brenden scored in the 76th minute as the Stony Brook University women recorded a 1-0 victory over Seton Hall University Sunday afternoon.
The Seawolves, who are in the midst of a season-opening six-game road swing, improved to 2-2-0 while Seton Hall fell to 1-2-1.
“Today was a tough game for our group, and credit to Seton Hall for making it such a difficult match,” head coach Brendan Faherty said. “Thankfully we had a few bright moments in the second half and were able to score a good team goal with quite a few players involved in the build-up.
“Any time you win a game, it’s a good feeling, but there are quite a few areas we need to get better in. We will continue to work hard on the training field in order to perform better on gameday.”
Brenden put Stony Brook on the board in the 76th minute after sophomore Michaela Goglia (Bristol, R.I.) went 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper and slipped the ball to the Oslo, Norway naitve, who knocked it in on the wide-open look.
The Seawolves’ defense held strong for the remaining 14 minutes.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sofia Manner (Helsinki, Finland) made two crucial saves early on. She recovered on a bobbled stop after jumping to save an attempt from distance, before coming out of the goal to cut down the angle and blocking a shot in the 15th minute.
In the 60th minute Manner continued to bring the aggressive play and was again drawn out of the goal. A near collision between Manner and a Seton Hall forward caused the ball to slip away from both players and roll toward the goal. Manner was the first to the loose ball, tracking it down before it reached the goal line.
Stony Brook visits Boston College Wednesday before taking on St. John’s University next Sunday.