STONY BROOK, N.Y. – For the second time this season, the Stony Brook women needed extratime to finish a match at LaValle Stadium. And for the second time this season, Seawolves came out on top thanks to a golden goal, this time from the foot of junior Alyssa Francese (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).

This was the first time Stony Brook won four of its first five contests since the 2006 season.

Three minutes into extratime, Francese took a pass from classmate Erin O’Connor (Setauket, N.Y.) and powered it into the top corner past goalkeeper Naya Lipkens to give the Seawolves their third home win in as many tries during the 2019 campaign.

It was Francese’s second goal in three games. She provided the winner against the University of Delaware Friday night.
She has 19 career goals in two-plus seasons with Stony Brook.

“I think we had a pretty good gameplan,” Stony Brook head coach Tobias Bischoff said. “I think we were prepared very well and that is all thanks to my coaching staff. We created quite a lot of chances against a very well-coached team. The finishing will come later in the season but we had a lot of chances tonight and it was awesome to see us push the ball as well as we did to win the game.”

This was the first time Stony Brook won four of its first five contests since the 2006 season.

Junior goalkeeper Sofia Manner (Helsinki, Finland) recorded her first clean sheet of the season.

The Seawolves outshot the Red Storm. 20-3, with 12 attempts on target.

Lipkens made 11 saves for the Red Storm.

The Johnnies will return to action when they welcome La Salle University to Belson Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.