STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Graduate forward Alyssa Francese’s goal in the 47th minute gave the Stony Brook University women a 1-0 advantage it didn’t relinquish against Columbia University in their home opener at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium Sunday.

The Seawolves secured their second consecutive clean sheet and first win of the season.

“It was a great team effort today and I’m overall happy with our performance,” head coach Tobias Bischof said. “There are still things we need to improve on but we are a young team and we are learning as we go.”

Francese got the Seawolves on the board in the 47th minute with her first goal of the season. She was the recipient of a loose ball in the box following sophomore defender Kerry Pearson’s free kick that bounced off a Columbia defender at 20 yards out.
Francese corralled the ball inside the box and sent a one-touch shot past goalkeeper Audrey Byrne.

Junior goalkeeper Emerson Richmond Burke made four saves as she recorded her second clean sheet in as many chances.

Stony Brook embarks on a three-match road trip that begins Thursday, Sept. 2, when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Providence College at 4 p.m. The match is set to broadcast on FloSports.